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What is a LibGuide?

How subject and research guides are used by public libraries.

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Types of LibGuides.

Published Guides are designed to provide guidance on resources relevant to a specific topic or subject (e.g. Business, Food, Government, Law, etc.). These will all be linked and made accessible to our community post-migration of recommended websites to LibGuides 2.0.

Internal Guides are made to be shared and used by staff within Pikes Peak Library District. They will not show up on the library's website.

General Purpose Guides provide general information on a collection, program, or service at the library.

Subject Guides are lists or pages of resources created by staff to assist patrons with their research needs.

Topic Guides serve to provide resources that address a specific theme or question within a subject.

What are Guides made up of exactly?

Pages provide an organized structure for your guide. Each page should contain boxes with relevant content. 

Boxes contain the content you want to share with users. There are four different types: standard, tabbed, gallery, and user profile.

Content Items are your assets. They are the smallest piece of your LibGuide and include text, links, databases, books, videos, media/widgets, RSS feeds, polls, etc.

Assets are content objects that contain a piece of information that can be reused across several guides.

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Types of Assets.

Databases are subscription/paid resources available at our library.

Links provide a connection to a website that is NOT a database. 

Rich Text/html - Simple text format, such as the list in this box.

Books typically include an image of the book cover, call number, and URL to the catalog record.

RSS feeds are a web feed that publishes frequently updated information, such as blogs and news sites.

Media/Widgets are search boxes, YouTube Videos, etc.

Polls are a list of questions for your visitors to answer.