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Getting Started with LibGuides (Library Staff Only): Skillshare#8 part 2 2/7/12

A guide for library staff when creating new libguides

Skillshare #8, Part 2: Training Topic Poll

Which of the following advanced LibGuides topics are you most interested in learning about today?

Skillshare #8, Part 2: Training Topic Poll
How to create tables (e.g., scholarly/popular): 1 votes (12.5%)
Displaying Twitter feeds or hashtags: 1 votes (12.5%)
Adding polls and quizzes: 1 votes (12.5%)
Journal browsing (such as in Physics 190): 1 votes (12.5%)
Adding search boxes (Worldcat, etc.): 3 votes (37.5%)
Adding Spicynodes: 1 votes (12.5%)
Total Votes: 8

How to Create an Interactive Poll

You can only have one question per poll box. If you want to include a more detailed quiz, such as the one Sara made for POID1-TV Novel, then you will need to create a new poll box for each question.

  1. click Add New Box
  2. Give your box a name and select interactive poll as your content box type:

4.Add your poll question to the box

5. Use Edit Poll Choices to add possible responses.

6. Cick Process Choices to save.

7. Once you have published your guide and are getting responses, use View Results to see responses (you do not have to be logged into libguides to View Poll Results)

How to Add a Twitter Widget

To create a Twitter Widget (you do not need a twitter account to do this):

1. on anyone's twitter page, click on the Resources link

2. Then go to Widgets
3. pick the widgets for my website option
4. select the widget type you want
    profile will show the updates from a single tweeter
    lists will show the updates from a user's list
    search will show updates from a search term or hashtag
5. fuss around with the settings to get the right look and feel
6. click the finish and grab code button
7. copy the code.
8. Add a new Embedded Media box
9. Use Edit Media/Widget Code to paste in the twitter code
10. reload the page.

Training Outline

In the first part of today's training we'll cover four core LibGuides tasks, all of which are also explained in How-To boxes on the Getting Started with LibGuides guide:

We'll also cover as many advanced topics as possible, all of which have How-To boxes on this guide, as well as the Getting Started guide.

To rate the advanced topic you are MOST interested in learning about today, take the interactive poll in the box to the left:

How to Make a Table Using Word

One simple way of adding a fancy-looking, well-formatted table to one of your LibGuides is by copying and pasting an existing table from a Word document. In the example below, Sara Lowe went through a few easy steps to create her "Types of Periodicals" table:

1) She drafted and formatted her table in Microsoft Word,

2) Selected and copied the table and surrounding text (Ctrl+C), then

3) Pasted the copied table (Ctrl+V) into the rich-text editor of a Rich Text & Dynamic Contents box.

As you can see, pasted tables retain their Word formatting and colors, meaning you don't have to adjust much of anything if you copy and paste a well-constructed table from Word. You can easily edit the text using both the rich-text and plain-text box editors, however.

Types of Periodicals*




research projects, methodology, and theory

personalities, news, and general interest articles

industry trends, new products or techniques, and organizational news

written for a specialized audience

written for general audience

written for a specialized audience

articles by subject experts

articles by journalists and generalists

articles by those knowledgeable in the field

authors from academic institutions

authors are staff or freelance writers

articles written by contributing authors

highly focused topics geared towards researchers and professionals

more generalized topics geared towards nonprofessionals

topics geared towards members of a specific business, industry or organization

primary research or literature review

secondary sources

primary and secondary sources

peer-reviewed (usually)

edited but not peer-reviewed

editorial review

include bibliographies

no bibliographies

may have short bibliographies

many have dull covers

glossy, eye-catching covers

often glossy paper

few or no advertisements

heavy advertisements

moderate advertisements – all or most are trade related

Journal of Food Science

Urban Studies

Journal of Applied Psychology

Journal of Extension


New York

Psychology Today


Chilton’s Food Engineering

Public Management

APA Monitor

Advertising Age

* Periodical is a generic term used for popular magazines, trade or professional journals, and scholarly journals. They are materials that are published at regular intervals (monthly, quarterly, daily, etc.).

How to Add a Search Widget

To feature a WorldCat or other catalog search widget in a LibGuide:

1. Browse WorldCat's Web Services page.

2. Select WorldCat search widget or another widget option

3. Create a WorldCat Affiliate account and log in

4. Evaluate whether you want  to add a Narrow (150 px), Wide (250 px) or Tabbed (500 px wide) search box to your guide

5. Copy the provided widget code in full

6. Paste widget code in a Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts box (for 'Narrow' or 'Wide'), or Embedded Media & Widgets box ('Tabbed' as well as 'Narrow' and 'Wide')

7. Save your box and refresh the page to see your search widget in action

How to Add a Spicynode

Spicynodes is a tool you can use to create an interactive concept map that you can embed elsewhere on the web. To create your own map, you'll need to create a (free) spicynode account.

Once you've created a spicynode map, follow these steps to embed it in your libguide.

  1. Add a new Embedded Media box
  2. copy the embed code for your spicynode map
  3. Use Edit Media/Widget Code to paste in the code.
  4. Save.
  5. reload the page.

How to Create a Journal Browsing Shelf

There are several ways to create a journal browsing box or page - Sean Stone demonstrates two in this guide. "Style 2" can be achieved by uploading and linking to a journal image cover and using the journal's table of contents (TOC) feed to display current articles.

Note: Refer to the RSS Feed page on the Getting Started with LibGuides guide for info on working with feeds.

The image above links to the publisher's page for this journal.

To use an image as a journal cover link:

1. Find the journal image cover you want online.

2. Right click and "save as"

3. if right clicking doesn't work do a screen grab (MAC: do clover+shift+F+4 then you can select a specific portion of the screen-screenshot will be saved to your desktop; PC: print screen and crop the image in paint OR use snip tool in windows 7)

3. Click the image button in the rich text editor (looks like a tree)

4. Browse and upload your image

5. Click on the image and click the link button in the editing menu

6. Add the image URL

7. Save

8. Follow instructions on the RSS Feed page on how to add an rss feed of the online table of contents (TOC).

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