Getting Started: 4. Standard Boxes

LibGuides instructions and help for the staff of Columbia University Libraries.

Different Types of Boxes

Add & Edit Boxes

Click to learn more about each type of box:

1. Gallery Boxes 

2. Tabbed Boxes

3. Profile Boxes (no longer used)

4. Standard Boxes

Copying Boxes

To learn about copying boxes, see the "Reuse Content" page.

Editing Boxes

Want to edit an existing box?

  • To change the box title, click on the pencil icon in the top right of the box's title bar.
  • To edit existing content, click on the pencil icon at the bottom right of that section of content.
  • To add more content (or reorder content sections), click on the "Add/Reorder" button at the bottom left of the box.

Reordering Boxes

Want to move a box from the bottom of the column to the top? Or want to move it to a different column altogether?

  • In the light grey bar beneath the tabs, click "Page."
  • In the drop-down menu under "Reorder / Move," select "Boxes."
  • Drag and drop boxes where you want them to go.
  • Click "Save." 

About Standard Boxes

What kind of content fits in a standard box? Almost anything!
All the boxes on this page were created using this box type--they're very flexible.

Adding a Standard Box

  • Once you're on a guide page, click a blue "Add a Box" link where you want to add the box. Where these appear depends on your page layout
  • A pop-up window will appear: choose whether you want to "Create New Box" or "Reuse Existing Box." 
    • Just like creating a new page, "Create New Box" creates an empty box.
    • Just like copying an existing page, "Reuse Existing Box" copies an existing box from 1) one of your guides or 2) another CUL guide.
  • If you create a new box, next you will choose the box type; for this example, we'll choose a standard box.
  • Position: this lets you choose where in the column this box will appear, relative to other boxes in that column. 
  • Draft Mode: allows you to leave this box un-viewable (in a published guide) while you edit it. Don't forget to update and make this box viewable when the content is complete!
  • When you're done, select "Save." 

Standard Box Menu

To the left is the "Add / Reorder" menu for adding content to a standard box.

As you can see, there are lots of options for the types of content you can put in this sort of box. Some of these are discussed on later pages in this guide: adding images, video, RSS feeds, and widgets.


This is one of the most important content types! This is the content type that auto-fills in the database name, automatically provides the correct proxy link, and tracks user clicks. This is the preferred method of adding database links in guides.


This allows you to add links to websites. You can add descriptions similar to how you do for databases, and the content type is formatted similarly, so that you can include BOTH links and databases in a single bulleted list.

Document / File

Need to add a PDF or other file? This is the content type to use.

Book From the Catalog

You can add a book (complete with cover illustration and description!) to your guide. All you need is the ISBN, which you can get either from CLIO, OCLC's WorldCat, or Once you enter the ISBN, LibGuides will search for the book and usually can automatically retrieve the cover image, title, and description. You can edit the description as you like--often they need to be shortened. You can also manually add the call number. You are free to delete information that you don't want to show, such as the ISBN or perhaps year of publication.