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Working with Scalar for Digital Projects

This is a short introductory guide to using the Scalar publishing platform.

Structure of a Scalar Book

Content in Scalar is comprised of three main units: Media, Pages, and Paths.

Media plus Pages plus Paths equal Book

Media are the uploaded items themselves, which all have their own unique URLs. These are only displayed in the book when they are linked through pages.

The Pages of your book are where you build your content, combining media, text, and visualizations.

Paths are the ways users navigate your book, putting pages in sequence.


Create a Book

Now that you have an account, you are ready to create your first Scalar book.

  • Navigate from the opening Index page to your Dashboard by clickinCreate new book text boxesg the "Dashboard" link in the upper right corner of your screen.
  • You will automatically be taken to the Account screen.
  • In the right hand column, find click on Create new book. Type in the desired title, subtitle, and select the genre of the book. 
  • The new book will appear in the list to the right. To go to your new book’s dashboard, mouse over the book title. The Dashboard button will appear.
  • If you want to return to the Account screen and view all the books you have created, click on your name at the top left of the dashboard at any time.

**NOTE:  You cannot delete a Scalar book in this interface. Email Scalar Admin to request deletion of a book.