*How to use GOTS


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Guide Overview

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Hello!  Please wait to log in until you reach the relevant screen.

Guide Overview

2 of 3 Welcome!

In this guide, you will be introduced to some of the features of Guide on the Side (GOTS), a tutorial creator with a "live-action" interface.



Guide Overview

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The guide is interactive and you will be able to explore GOTS with the screen to the right.

When you need to do something in the right frame you'll see the picture below.


Pros and Cons of GOTS

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  • The interactive style of the guide will (hopefully) hold student's attention and help them retain information better.


  • Students can go through the tutorial at their own pace.


  • Because it's web-based the directions are easy to update.


  • You can create a post-test to assess the student's learning.


  • We (DLS) have customized much of the formatting and text editor as well as added GSU branding.

Pros and Cons of GOTS

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  • GOTS takes the URL for the tutorial you're designing and displays that in the right frame. Unfortunately, some links open in a new window, instead of in the same page, which leads to "frame busting".  The work around for this is a Pop Up Window of the GOTS directions in the left frame. The problem lies in is having to explain how to move and resize the window.  Please use the template designed for the Pop-Up window when needed.


  • All guides are in the same place on the GOTS administrative landing page. Please be VERY careful not to edit or delete someone else's guide.


  • Can't tinker with fonts, margins, colors in the text editor.

Logging In


On the right side of the screen, log in to GOTS with your username and password.


Your user name is your first name and last name in the format shown below. You can change your password after you log in.


Username: FirstLast
Password: GSUlibrary1


(Can't log in? Contact Sharon Leslie at sleslie@gsu.edu to request an account.)


Click Create a tutorial - this should take you to a page with a link for creating a tutorial.

Creating the Entry Data


To proceed with the interactive part of this tutorial you'll want to fill out as much information as possible on this screen.


Click the definitions below to learn more about each field.


Tutorial Title


Published URL




Contact Name, Email, and Phone


Right frame Starting Location (URL)

If you like, you can use this ERIC database URL to get started: http://research.library.gsu.edu/DB_ERICE


Link Table of Contents


When you are finished, click Create.

Interface Overview

You should now see the editing interface for your guide, which should be completely blank.


There are two ways to create a guide, 1) starting from scratch, or 2) copying content over from an existing guide.


To save you some time, there is a GSU template set up to copy content from.  You'll learn more about that in later sections.



Save it!



Important: SAVE OFTEN.  Guides are not automatically saved.


Click the Save button at the bottom left of the screen to avoid losing work OR click the blue Preview button to the right which offers you the opportunity to Save and then Preview your guide.


PLUS, you will be automatically logged out of the system after 15 minutes of inactivity. 

GOTS Toolbar

GOTS uses an editor that lets you to see what the end result looks like while you work, similar to Microsoft Word and WordPress but with some unique tools.


Click the definition boxes below to see what each does.


 Insert/Edit Image


 Paste as Plain Text


 Select All


 Insert chapter heading or page break


 Insert question


 Insert definition box


 Insert free response box


NOTE: Once you've inserted an image, page break/chapter heading, definition or quiz item, just double click on it to edit it.

Copying & Pasting Content

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Copying guides

To copy from an existing guide or Word document, first, set up a blank guide with the title, contact info, URL etc. for your new guide.


Here is where you need to choose between a Pop Up Window type or one that stays in the frame.

1. Click <<Return to tutorial index.


2. Locate the GSU Library Template or the GSU Library Template - Pop Up Window guide and click Edit.


3. Select all of the guide content by clicking the Select All button in the text editor.


4. Copy guide content to your clipboard.


5. Click <<Return to tutorial index.


6.  "Next slide please."

Copying & Pasting Content

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Pasting guides

1. Locate your guide and click Edit.


2.  SUPER IMPORTANT: Turn off the default Paste as Plain Text mode by clicking the button in the text editor.

3. Place your cursor and paste in the copied content.

If you already have a tutorial outlined in a Word document you can easily copy that text over to GOTS and add to it.

Embedded Quizzes

Quizzes can be embedded throughout the guide. These quizzes allow the user to check their answer to see if they got it right and change the answer.

In an embedded quiz a student can see whether or not he/she got the answer correct.

Graded post-tests and certificate of completion

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In addition to the embedded multiple choice questions inside the guide, you can also add a final quiz or post-test at the end.

Post-tests are different from the embedded quizzes because the student cannot check and change the answers


  • The student won't know what their score was until they enter their email address and send the report. A report pops up with the embedded and final quiz scores and the correct answers.


  • The student receives an email with the report attached.


  • You will also receive this report if you enter your name as the contact in the initial tutorial set-up screen. You could also put the course instructor's email if you prefer.

Graded post-tests and certificate of completion

2 of 2For students to receive the graded post-tests, be sure to check off the Include a tutorial certificate? box in the initial tutorial set-up.


You can see how the post-test and certificate of completion work at the end of this guide.


To create a post-test, click the blue Add quiz button in the right-hand menu.


  • Note, this feature is a bit glitchy.  Ask Sharon for pointers if it gives you any guff.

Best Practices

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  • Keep text to a minimum. Reduce text by using images and screenshots.


  • Identify important information with bullets, bolding/italicizing, and headings.


  • Use numbered steps when guiding learners through a process.


  • Provide explanatory feedback in quizzes. Don't just tell them they're right or wrong.

Best Practices

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  • Enter plenty of page breaks so text doesn't run on too far down the page.


  • Ask a variety of types of questions (e.g. multiple-choice, short answer, true/false).


  • Make sure you set the right-frame starting URL to a database link that doesn't open in a new window, or use the Pop Up Window template.

  • Give very specific directions and use visual cue icons when possible, like:


"It's time to do a search.  Using the keyboard, navigate to the..."


  • Perform regular reviews and updates.


  • Use the standardized icons provided on the GOTS LibGuide.

Where do these guides "live"?

Good question.

At the moment the guides should be linked to in the Research Guides.


To do this,

  • Create a new LibGuide
  • Enter the title of your GOTS guide and the URL of the published GOTS tutorial under "redirect" URL


This will create a guide title that goes directly to the GOTS tutorial and is indexed in LibGuides.  Here is an example: PubMed Basics Searching Tutorial

The URL for this guide is http://research.library.gsu.edu/c.php?g=115930, but it redirects to http://webapps.library.gsu.edu/guide_on_the_side/tutorial/pubmedbasics

You can also link to your guide from wherever else you like.

Final Quiz

Congratulations!  You've made it to the end of the tutorial. 


The final quiz or post-test appears after the final "chapter" is clicked through.  You can add as many questions as you'd like to your post-test, or not do one at all.


After you have taken the quiz be sure to enter your contact information so you can see what a Completion Certificate looks like.


The next screen is from the template and shows how a student will be instructed to take the quiz.


Almost Done! (Student view)

The next screen is the final quiz.




  • You won't see your score until AFTER you complete the quiz and enter your contact information.


  • You won't be able to change your answers after you submit your quiz.    


  • Your instructor will also be sent a copy of your score.                  


We hope that this guide was a helpful introduction to PubMed.  If you have questions, or need additional help please contact one of the GSU health sciences librarians at this link




Current as of 4/20/17-sl


Where can you find standardized images and icons to use in your GOTS tutorial?

How do you make sure formatting from copy and pasted documents is transferred into GOTS?

What does GOTS stand for?

Please enter your first and last name, along with your email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz. A copy will also be automatically sent to the class instructor.

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