This is the "Search URLs" page of the "Creating Search Boxes" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Creating Search Boxes  

Find out how to add custom search boxes to your guides, including catalog searches, EBSCO and other provider searches, etc.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Search URLs Print Page

Customize wha...?

The search box you see toward the top of every page in your site is fully customizable!

Search box options

What does this mean? It means you get to choose what appears in that search drop down (along with "This Guide" and "All Guides") and you get to choose which search is the default!

What can you put there? Anything you can find a search URL for!

  • Google search
  • Federated search
  • Catalog search
  • etc.

This is great if your users have a tendency to use the LibGuides / CampusGuides search box as a starting place for research.

If you add the search URL for your federated search to this box, they will be starting their research right from that box!


Customizing Your Search Box

Search customization options

  • Log in as an admin level user.
  • Go to Admin Stuff > System Settings.
  • Choose the Search Options tab
  • Choose the wording of each search option.
  • Add the search options you want:
    • Library Catalog
    • Federated Search
    • Google
    • Whatever else you can think of...
  • Choose which search option is the default.

Open Web Searches

Paste these Search URLs into your search box options to add them to your site search box.




Federated Search & Library Catalogs

Federated Search

The URL you'll use for your federated search depends on the product you have.

Most vendors will have information on how to create search URLs, widgets, etc. in their help documentation. If they don't a quick email to their tech support should help you get on your way!

Library Catalogs

We actually have a whole guide dedicated to that!

Check it out: Library Catalog Searches



Paste this Search URL into your search box options to add it to your site search box.{search}


Summon Search

Have Summon and want to add it to your search options? No problem!

  1. Go to your Summon search.
  2. Type in a simple search, like hamburgers, and click search.
  3. Copy the URL in the address bar of the results list.
  4. Paste it into Notepad and replace the search term with {search}.

It might look something like this:{search}

Once you have the URL, add it to your Search Box Options on the System-wide Settings page! 



Have LibAnswers and want to add it to your search options? Easy!

Just replace the items in bold italics below with the information for your site:



Serials Solutions Journal Search

If you subscribe to Serials Solutions A-Z journal service, you can add a journal search!

Just add your Serials Solutions client identifier wherever you see ssclientid.

"Title Starts With" Search URL:{search}

"Title Contains" Search URL:{search}


Search LibGuides CMS Groups

Note: This Search for LibGuides CMS subscribers only

URL Structure:{search}


  • Domain Name = Your Domain
  • IID = Your Site ID Number
  • Gid = Group ID Number
    Find your Group ID by:
    • Navigating to the Group Homepage > View GID# in the Browser URL field or,
    • Navigate to your Group Management Screen (Admin Stuff > Groups) and grab the Group ID:

Loading  Loading...