LibGuides provides two kinds of link boxes, Links & Lists and Simple Web Links.
In a Simple Web Links box, you enter the name of the link, the URL, and an optional description of up to 255 characters. The links appear in a bulleted list, with the descriptions appearing when you move the cursor over the name.
In a Links & Lists box, you enter the name of the link, the URL, an optional description of up to 255 characters, and (also optional) additional information of unlimited length. The links appear in a bulleted list with the descriptions beneath the names and, if there is additional information, an icon that you click on to bring up that information.
Links can also be included in text boxes.
This page describes the advantages of link boxes, differences between the two types of link boxes, and possible reasons you might want to put links in a text box.
|Simple Web Links||Links and Lists|
|Description limited to 255 characters.||Main description limited to 255 characters. Additional information unlimited.|
|Description appears in pop-up when cursor is moved over link.||Main description appears in box under title. Additional information in a pop-up when icon is clicked on.|
|Can include online sources only.||Can include online and non-online sources together.|
|Works well in boxes in narrow columns without lengthening box.||Descriptions below title can cause boxes in narrow columns to be very long.|
|No star rating.||Lets users rate resources from 1-5 stars.|
|Automatically puts resources in bulleted list.||Automatically puts resources in bulleted list.|
There are two possible disadvantages and reasons you might want to keep links in a text box: