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Introduction to LibGuides (v1)   Tags: welcomelg  

Getting started with creating your content in the system.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2015 URL: http://help.springshare.com/introlg Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Creating New Guides

When creating new guides, you have two options:


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Using Guides as Templates

Using a guide as a template means that an exact replica will be made of the original guide which you can then edit.

  • Whatever content the original guide has, the new guide will have.
  • Whatever layout the original guide has, the new guide will have.
  • Whatever content is linked in the original guide will continue be linked to the original boxes/pages in the new guide.

For more information on linking & copying, see our Reusable Content guide.

Why would I want to use a guide as a template?
  • You really like the format of a guide you've created and want to use it to create another guide.
  • You really like the way a coworker’s guide looks/functions and you want your guides to have that same flow, look, types of information, etc.
  • You’ve looked around at the Community or Best of sites and have been inspired by one of the thousands of guides out there and want to bring it into your site so you can create a similar guide.
  • You’ve looked around the Community or Best of sites and found a guide that does a great job of explaining a subject/process and you don’t want to reinvent the wheel!
  • Consistency. Your library might want to use templates for certain “groups” of guides in order to create consistency across your site. This doesn’t mean squashing creativity in guide creation! It simply means creating a new guide will be faster & easier – the standard pieces of information (like help or citation links) will already be there, so you can spend your time on customizing the guide for that subject.

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