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Adding a Box to a Page

You can easily add or reuse many types of content boxes to your LibGuide pages.

  • Go to the page where you wish to add a content box and click on the text and icon “Add New Box” in the column in which you wish to position the new box.
  • You will see the following dialog box displayed on the screen which gives you numerous options for the new box:

Add New Box

You can select the content box type from the dropdown menu at the top of the dialog box. Here is a brief explanation of the types of content boxes. You can also browse through the Box Types Explorer on the right hand side of the dialog box.

  • Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts— This is the most versatile box type, for any type of formatted text, HTML, or JavaScript code, or embedded widgets. You can think of this as similar to MS Word.
  • Links Boxes—This type of box has two options, Simple Web Links and Links and Lists. Links and Lists allows you to include a short description with each of your links.
  • Multimedia Boxes—Multimedia boxes allow you to display content derived from other web pages, such as RSS feeds (news distributed via the web through Real Simple Syndication) ,YouTube videos, or Books in the Catalog; or give users access to documents that you have uploaded from your computer.
  • User Input Boxes—This type of content box is a simple interactive form that can collect data from users, such as an Interactive Poll, User Feedback, or User Link Submission. You have to supply an email address where the user input will be directed.
  • Miscellaneous Boxes—
  • Dates and events—Allows you to create announcements about upcoming events.
  • Delicious tag cloud—This allows you to display a tag cloud created with the social media app, Delicious. For more information on how to create a tag cloud in Delicious, watch this YouTube video.
  • Remote Scripts—This allows you to embed scripts linking to external content. For instance, you might want to embed a YouTube video viewing window in the page by pasting the embedding script here.
  • Google Boxes—This allows you to enter a search box in your website that uses the Google search engine. You can select a Google web search or a Google Scholar, Patent, or Books search.

  • System Content Boxes—These boxes allow you to add content that will help users navigate your LibGuide.
    • Links to Guides—You can set up this box to display links to other LibGuides that match the criteria set in the box options.
    • User Profile—You can place a profile of yourself as guide author/creator.
    • Credo Reference Box—This type of box will allow users to enter a reference question directly through your LibGuide to the LibAnswers reference service. Your institution must belong to LibAnswers in order to use this service.
    • Guide Table of Contents—Selecting this box automatically generates a table of contents for your LibGuide on the page based upon your top-level pages and sub-pages. The table of contents will change automatically whenever you add or delete pages.
    • LibAnswers—See #3 about the Credo Reference Box.
  1. Enter a title for the box.
  2. Select a position in the column for the box from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Create Box.

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