Glossary: Adding a New Entry Moodle ISU


The Glossary activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions similar to a dictionary. This guide will be focused on entries and categories if you would like more information you can find it in the Glossary guide.

This guide will help you to:

Add a New Glossary Entry

  1. Select the glossary to which you wish to add an entry.

  1. Click  Add a new entry.

  1. In the Concept text field, Type the title of your entry.
  2. In the Definition text field, Type the content of your entry.

Note: You can add images, sound, and video into your entries. For more information, see Using the HTML Editor

  1. In the Keyword(s) text field, Type a keyword.

Note: To type in multiple keywords, each one must be on a new line.

  1. In the Attachment area, Drag and drop a file to attach it to your entry.

Note: For more information, see File Picker Options

  1. In the Auto-linking section, Check the box next to This entry should be automatically linked if you wish for the entry to be linked throughout the course wherever the concept word appears.
  2. Check the box next to This entry is case sensitive if you wish for the entry to be linked to only the exact upper/lower case matches in the course.
  3. Check the box next to Match whole words only if you wish for the entry to be linked via the entire word.
  1. For example: A glossary entry named butter will not create a link inside the word butterfly.

Note: The case sensitive and whole words boxes will not be available unless This entry should be automatically linked is checked.

  1. Click Save changes.

Add a New Category

Note: The Browse by category option is not available if the appearance of the glossary is set as simple, dictionary style.

  1. Select the glossary where you would like to add the category.

  1. Select Browse by category tab.
  2. Select Edit Categories.
  3. Select Add Category.

  1. Type the name of the category into the Name text box.

Note: If glossary auto-linking has been enabled and this setting is enabled, the category name will be automatically linked wherever it appears throughout the rest of the course.

  1. Click Save changes.

Note: To add glossary entries to a category, you will need to create the categories first which enables a Categories box underneath the Definition area in the entry creation setting in which you may select the category you wish to insert the entry.

For more information, see Using Glossary

For additional assistance, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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