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LibApps Directions for Staff

Making the most of Oakton Library's LibGuides & LibAnswers platforms

Embedding Content

This page provides information for embedding Padlets, Google Docs, PDFs, and Credo Content

Embedding Google Docs

Embed a Google Doc

  • Oakton's Google Drive documents do not embed well.
  • Embed Google Docs from your own Gmail account (or create one for work)
  • You can embed editable Google docs to which students can contribute or static ones that they can simply view
  • Adjust height and width in the code to adjust the height and widget of the doc.

Embed Padlet

Embedding a Padlet Into a Libguide

Padlet allows you to create boards that students can post to, which is a great way to make a class interactive. 

On this guide, scroll down to "Post your topic" to see a Padlet embedded into a libguide.

1.Go to and create a free account

2.Create your Padlet

3.Choose “share”

4.Choose “embed”

5.Copy the code

6.On your libguide, choose add media/widget

7.Paste the code into the widget

Embed Credo Content

Embed Credo Content

Instructions for embedding Credo Courseware videos and tutorials

See a sample of a guide with embedded Credo Courseware here.

*NOTE* Content will not be visible off campus until students log in with their Oakton credentials

1. Visit the guide that houses all the videos and tutorials‚Äč

2.Determine which one you want and note the title

4.Go back to your guide and choose “Add media/widget”

5.Choose “re-use existing widget”

6.Start typing the name of the item you want. Check that it’s from Location: Guide” Credo Courseware Videos and Tutorials”

7.Click Save

Instructions for embedding Credo entries

Embedding Credo content is great on an opening page of a guide, when many students have the same topic, and just for a visual. 

Here is a guide that uses an embedded Credo article. 

Embed content as a media/widget using the code here:

<iframe src="insert permalink here" width="100%" height="500" style="border: 0;" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>


Embed a PDF

Embed a PDF into a libguide

You may want to embed a pdf rather than linking to it. Follow the attached instructions.

A PDF displayed within a libguide is considered Media which requires the following embed code: <iframe src="your pdf url here" style="width: 90%; height: 300px"?></iframe>

Follow these directions to use the embed code properly.

1. To embed a file, make sure it is already saved as a PDF.

2. In LibGuides, create a new box.

3. Add/ Reorder (content): Click Document/ File

4. Box will open to: “Create New Document”. Title the document (description is optional). Attach PDF from your computer files. Click Save.

5. Click on the link for the document (in your LibGuide) to open the file in a new screen.

6. Copy the URL from this open PDF file.

7. Now you will use the embed code. Paste the PDF URL code between the “” (paste over the Bing address): 

8. Back to your LibGuide: In the same box where you added your PDF link, add/reorder (new content). This time add Media/Widget

9. Copy/ paste the new embed code that was created in step 7. Click Save.

10. Click the Preview button in the top right corner to view your embedded PDF. 11. Adjust height and width within the embed code. You may also want to adjust the page layout/ size of the box within libguides. To show the PDF as an entire page, select one column in page layout. Set width to 100% and height to your preference.