How to add, reuse, and edit Poll assets

What should I use it for?

Poll assets allow you to build simple forms for gathering feedback from users. Each poll contains a single, multiple-choice question with up to 10 possible responses. Results are displayed live on the screen after each result is submitted, but guide owners can view and reset the results at any time while editing the guide.

What shouldn't I use it for?

Polls are designed for simple, informal data collection. If you are looking for a more robust form or survey instrument, we recommend using LibWizard instead. LibWizard Lite (which is included with LibGuides CMS) allows you to create embeddable forms and surveys, while the full version of LibWizard also allows you to create graded quizzes and guided tutorials. LibWizard makes it easy to embed content directly into your guides, and provides more detailed data analysis than you will find with a LibGuides poll, as well.


Add a new poll to a guide

To create a brand new poll asset from scratch and add it to your guide:

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want add this.
  2. Select Poll from the dropdown menu.
  3. In the Poll Title field, enter the question or statement to which users should respond.
    • This is also how the poll will be identified in your assets library.
  4. In each numbered Choice field, enter an option for users to choose from.
    • If you would like the text of that option to link to a specific URL, enter it in the corresponding URL field.
    • Each poll is limited to a maximum of 10 choices.
  5. Use the Position option to choose where the new asset should be inserted in the box. (Don't worry: you can always reorder it later.)
  6. Click the Save button.

Selecting Poll from the Add/Reorder dropdown

Creating a new Poll asset


Reuse an existing poll

It's always best to reuse existing assets as much as possible. This will help reduce duplication in your assets library, while also making it easier to analyzing statistics for a particular asset.

To reuse an existing poll from your assets library (Content > Assets):

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want add this.
  2. Select Poll from the dropdown menu.
  3. In the Add Poll window, click on the Reuse Existing Poll tab.
  4. In the Search for Poll field, start typing in the name of the asset you want to add.
  5. Select the asset you want to add from the list of results.
  6. A summary of the asset info will appear.
    • Not the asset you are looking for? No problem: search again and select a different one.
  7. By default, a mapping of the original asset will be added to your guide. If you would rather create a copy of the original asset, select the Copy checkbox.
    • Using a mapping is convenient because any changes made to the original asset will automatically be reflected on your guide.
    • The drawback of mapping is that you won't be able to edit the asset yourself (except for adding a custom description just for this one mapping).
    • If you need to customize more details of the asset, then select the Copy checkbox. This will create a standalone copy of the asset that you own and can fully customize.
  8. Use the Position dropdown to select where in the box the new asset will be inserted. (Don't worry: you can always reorder this later.)
  9. Click the Save button.
 Caution: when mapping a Poll, you will be reusing both the content and the vote data. The results from each mapped poll are linked, so the results are cumulative. It also means clearing the votes from one mapping will clear the votes from all mappings. If you only want to copy a poll's question, therefore, create a copy instead of a mapping.

Selecting Poll from the Add/Reorder dropdown

Selecting a poll to reuse

Saving a reused asset


Edit and remove polls in a guide

  1. To edit a poll, click on the its Edit () icon.
    1. To customize the poll, select  Edit.
    2. To remove the poll from your guide, select  Remove.
      • If this is a mapped asset, please note that this will only apply to this single mapping of the link. It will not affect the original link's description.
      • This will only remove the poll from your guide. It will not delete it from your assets library (Content > Assets) and can still be reused.
  2. To add your own response, select an option and click the Submit button.
  3. To view the results without submitting a response, click the Show Results button.
    1. To return to the poll options, click the Show Poll button.
    2. To clear the poll's votes, click the Clear Votes button.
      • This is permanent and cannot be undone, so be careful!
      • If this this a mapped poll, please note that it will clear the votes from all mappings of the poll.

Options for editing a poll

Viewing the poll results


Editing polls in your assets library

The assets library is where all reusable assets are stored in your LibGuides system. From here, you can centrally manage your assets, as well as create new ones.

  • Admin users can edit any asset in the system.
  • Regular users with the Manage Assets permission (CMS only) can also edit any asset.
  • All other Regular and Editor users can only edit the assets they own.

To edit your poll assets:

  1. Go to Content > Assets.
  2. Use the filters at the top of the page to filter the assets library (such as by type or owner).
  3. To edit an asset, click on its Edit () icon in the Actions column.
    • Changes made to the asset will be reflected everywhere the asset is being used.
    • The only exception is if a mapping of the asset is using a custom description. In that case, the custom description will continue to display on that guide.

Navigating to the Assets page

Filtering the assets list

Clicking an asset's Edit icon

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