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Getting Started with LibGuides (Library Staff Only): 1. Text Boxes

A guide for library staff when creating new libguides

About Text Boxes AKA Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts Boxes

Text boxes -- or, more accurately -- Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts boxes -- are the most basic and most flexibile type of content box in LibGuides.

Using the WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get) Rich Text Editor -- see the box at right -- text can be highlighted and formatted in many ways.

The HTML icon in the editor makes it possible to edit the HTML code, as well.

The Text Box Rich Text Editor

Icons (shown here) at the top of the Rich Text Editor make it possible to format text in a text box in many ways. Text can be made bold, italic, underlined, centered, bulleted, or numbered. Font styles, sizes, and colors can be changed. Links can be added.

Text boxes also make it possible to add images and tables. (See the Add Images tab for more using on images.)

Advanced users can add search forms and other functions by adding scripts to Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts boxes.

Adding Text to Non-Text Boxes

Every kind of box in LibGuides allows you to include text at the top of the box, using the same Rich Text Editor as the text box.

Simply click where it says add/text to access the editor. Text can only be entered at the top of non-text boxes.

The text you're reading now, for example, is at the top of a Simple Web Links box.  (The links below go to Boston College pages with examples of text in non-text boxes.)

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 a Rich Text Box

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. Create a new Rich Text/Dynamic Content/Scripts box (for 'Narrow' or 'Wide').

7.  Click the HTML button in the editing ribbon and paste the widget code

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

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