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LibGuides for Library Staff: Reuse and Add New Content

Guidelines for library staff for creating and maintaining research guides.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle via Steve Snodgrass LibGuides makes it easy to create content because you can reuse:

  • tabs (pages)
  • boxes (pages are made up of boxes)
  • links (e.g. database URLs)

However, there is room for creativity as there is always choice to:

  • link to content (e.g. Ask a Librarian - you will always be linking to the most recent version of the box)
  • copy content (e.g. copy a box that you would like to make changes to)
  • create new content

Pasting Content from Word or other Webpages

Pasting from Microsoft Word or other websites

Content copied from Word or other websites will almost always include a mix of extraneous HTML tags and inline CSS styles. This can conflict with the default page styles, while also making it difficult for you to style the text yourself. 

  • To avoid any issues, we recommend that you paste as plain text.
    • In Chrome, Edge, or Firefox: press Ctrl + Shift + V (Windows) or Cmd + Shift + V (Mac)
    • In Safari, press Cmd + Option + Shift + V.
  • This will strip out all of the copied formatting, leaving only the text.
  • Often times, this yields the best results, as you can then use the Rich Text Editor to apply formatting to the text yourself.

Pasting images

We do not recommend pasting images into Rich Text/HTML content items.

  • If the content was copied from another webpage, the image will be added using its original URL. As a result, if the original image is taken down for any reason, you'll end up with a broken image in your guide.
  • Instead, please upload the image.

Reuse Boxes

When we set up LibGuides, we decided on content we wanted to reuse and share: A to Z Boxes.

When adding a new content box, instead of creating a new box you can reuse existing boxes in two ways:

  • Link to another box in the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, and will change automatically whenever the original is changed. The LCC LibGuides A to Z Boxes offers boxes which can be linked to on multiple guides, such as Ask a Librarian, Catalog search box, MultiSearch boxes, YouTube videos. 
  • Copy another box from the system: This option duplicates the selected content box, but is not linked to the original. It can be edited on its own.

Rich Text vs. Links

Adding Rich Text/HTML

Screenshot of types of content to add to LibGuides with Rich Text/HTML highlighted

This is a rich text. Use it to write paragraphs, insert images, and create headings. Don't put a lot of links directly in a rich text box because:

  • link checker will not check the link
  • statistics are not collected for the link

Adding Links

Screenshot of types of content to add to LibGuides with Link highlighted

Below is a list of links which were added as Links. This is the best way to add multiple links to a LibGuide because:

  • link checker checks the link
  • statistics are collected for the link

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