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Libguides at UC San Diego  

A guide for the creators of libguides within the library explaining types of guides, standards, and best practices.
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Need Help Making a Libguide?

Contact one of the following people for assistance.  (Links are to the Libguides profile pages.)



The main purpose of the Library’s libguides subscription is to provide an easy to use web authoring tool for librarians (and library staff) to assist users with their learning and research needs by guiding them to UCSD subscribed resources as well as other authoritative resources.  The guides can be one of three types:

Course guide

Subject guide

"Other" guide


Managing Your Account

Managing your account

From changing the password, to setting up or revising your profile, to much more advance feature, find all the options under Edit My Account once you have signed in.

First Time Logging in

  1. Go to the UCSD libguides page (
  2. Use the link in the top right corner 
  3. Your Login ID is your email address
  4. Your password is a default password you were given - check your email
  5. Once logged in, change your password:
    1. Go to Edit My Account in the top right corner
    2. Enter your new - memorable - password
    3. Click Save Changes

Logging in All the Rest of the Times

  1. Go to the UCSD libguides page (
  2. Use the link in the top right corner 
  3. Your Login ID is your email address
  4. Enter your chosen password

Help! I've Forgotten My Password

No problem.  Simply contact the UCSD libguides administrators - see list on the right - to reset your password.


Set Up Your Profile Box

Extablishing your Profile Box

Experience has shown that it is best if you set up your profile early, so make it a first step if you don't have one yet.  Profile boxes appear on every page so that users have an easy way to contact you.  It can be hidden out of the way when needed.  Many options are available to customize your profile.  The following are some "bare minimums" suggested:

Profile Box Title:  Needs to be short (it is usually in a narrow column) and could be your descriptive title.  The default in My Profile.

Profile Image:  Be sure to upload a picture of yourself.  

Display Name:  Type your name as you would like it to appear.

Email:  Enter your email address

Website/Blog:  Optional information - enter if you wish.

Contact Info:  A place for all sorts of other contact information - e.g., phone number.  IM and other 2.0 services are found elsewhere.

Subject Specialty:  Optional information.  

Chat widget:  If you wish to be available for chat, enter the wideget code (e.g., meebo chat widget).

Additional fields:  Optional information - this could be many types of info or HTML coding.

IM/Network User Names:  Optional information. Enter those that you want to make available.

Account Assistance

Simply contact one of the adminstrators below to get you set up or help with the password.

More Resources

Along with the LibGuides Help & Documentation site (which includes their training calendar), here are some other helpful resources.

  • Reusable Stuff
    Repository for cool things you can do in LibGuides, from search boxes to dropdown menus.
  • LibGuides Community
    List of all the libraries using LibGuides. You can browse the A-Z list or just the higher education collections.

    Looking for ideas on organizing your next guide. Search the community by keyword and see what other libraries have created.
  • Guide FAQ
    Springshare's searchable FAQ page.
  • Springshare Lounge
    Forums for LibGuides creators. Includes a group for academic libraries.

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