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Find out how to add custom search boxes to your guides, including catalog searches, EBSCO and other provider searches, etc.
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What is a Search Box Widget?

Many database vendors have created "cut and paste" code (a widget) which can be added to a webpage, creating a search box targeting their databases.

You may set up single or multiple targets from each vendor. For example, you may wish to have students search a combination of Academic Search Premier and PsycINFO.

Example:

ASP and PsycINFO

question mark Why would I include this on a LibGuide?

Recommend/direct folks to database(s) relevant to a topic without having to send them to another page.

The search box widgets bring the databases to your users, rather than having to negotiate through the library’s pages.

question mark Can I reuse search boxes in my guides?

Yes! That's really the best thing to do. :)

One option is to create a "storage" or "reusable content" guide (that remains unpublished or private) that has all of the search boxes you use throughout your guides.

Then you can use the Reuse Existing Box function to add that search box to any guide. If you ever need to update the code, you'll only need to update it in 1 place!


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