Using Glossary

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.2. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Using Glossary.

Note for Contributors
This page should explain what can be seen on the moodlesite.com/mod/glossary/view.php page
(the main page of a glossary)


Below the glossary description field you will find a number of editing and browse options:


Add a new entry

  • Keywords

Each entry in the glossary can have an associated list of keywords (or aliases).

Enter each alias on a new line (not separated by commas).

The aliased words and phrases can be used as alternative ways to refer to the entry. For example, if you are using the glossary auto-linking filter then the aliases will be used (as well as the main name of the entry) when deciding what words to link to this entry.


  • Enabling automatic linking in a entry

Turning this feature on will allow the entry to be automatically linked, whenever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the same course. This includes forum postings, internal resources, week summaries and so on.

If you do not want particular text to be linked (in a forum posting, say) then you should add <nolink> and </nolink> tags around the text.

To be able to turn on this feature, auto linking must be enabled at glossary level.


  • Case sensitive matching

This setting specifies whether matching exact upper and lower case is necessary when performing automatic linking to these entries.

For example, if this is turned on, then a word like "html" in a forum posting will NOT be linked to a glossary entry called "HTML".


  • Whole words matching

If automatic linking is enabled, then turning this setting on will force only whole words to be linked.

For example, a glossary entry named "construct" will not create a link inside the word "constructivism".


Import/export entries

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Browse options

You can browse glossaries according to categories such as:

  • Browse by alphabet
  • Browse by category
  • Browse by date
  • Browse by Author


You can also search for a given word using the Search field. Ticking the 'Search full text' option allows searching in any position in the text. The index below lets you browse the glossary according to a given letter.