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How to Build an Exhibit in 18thConnect

Liz Grumbach

Texas A&M University, IDHMC

Exhibit Builder, A How-To
The 18thConnect Exhibit Builder is an authoring tool that allows users to remix online content into essays, annotated bibliographies and other formats. You can use it to workshop papers and exchange ideas with your peers, or share it with the world wide web under a Creative Commons License. All you need to begin is a free account in 18thConnect, with which you can collect and tag items of interest from your search results. You can manage these resources using your My 18th page, along with saved searches, group membership, discussions, and classrooms
The arrow points to the needed link.
The Exhibit Wizard
At the lower right of your My 18th page, there is a section for Exhibits, with a link to Create A New Exhibit. This link will open up the 18thC Exhibit Wizard, which will guide you through the basics: creating a title, adding objects to cite, setting a custom URL, and even a thumbnail image.
Optional Step: Add Items Dialog Box
18thConnect objects work like bookmarks for peer-reviewed and primary resources within the site. Once your exhibit is set up, you will be able to link to documents outside of 18C as well, using the 'External Link' option.

Once you have completed the Exhibit Wizard, an empty template will appear on your screen. If you chose to upload your .docx file at the beginning of the process, then your content will be ready and waiting for you. It may need some extra formatting to fit the new template, so be sure to check all pages, links and footnotes.
An Empty Template
Click on the Header to Create A Header
An Empty Template
Click on the Drop Down Menu to Choose a Section Style
At the upper left of your screen is your Exhibit Palette, with icons representing the 18thC objects you've already associated with this exhibit. At the upper right is the Exhibit Profile, where you can edit the title, the CC License, the URL and thumbnail image. If you decide you want to share your work with a group, you can do that from the Exhibit Profile, as well.
Edit Palette Link
Edit the Selected Objects in the Exhibit
Edit Profile Link
Edit the Title, URL, Thumbnail, and Genres
The main portion of the screen is divided into sections. When you mouse over these sections, they are highlighted gray, and clicking on one of them will bring up a rich text editor for adding text. There are different kind of sections offered: text only, text with illustration, blockquotes and headers. These are the basic elements for styling your work in 18thConnect.

Every exhibit template offers 2 pages, with three sections on the first page. You can make a full exhibit with just one section if you like, or experiment with other options for showing pictures or linking to objects. If you'd like to delete a section from this page, simply click the red "X" at the upper right.
Next up: working with the text editor.