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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

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How to use this page

Each of the boxes on this page contains the form code for creating search boxes for web searches.

An example of each search box is provided just below the code to show you what you're getting.

  • Copy the code you see in the box.
    Don't copy the actual search box.
  • In your guide, create a new Rich Text box.
  • Click add text, then click the Plain-Text Editor tab.
  • Paste in the code we've provided and click Save Changes

Voilà! You've got a super cool search box!


What do the Google boxes do?

The Google boxes allow you to add various Google searches to your guides and are built right into the LibGuides System!

Boxes Available:

  • general Google Web search;
  • Google Scholar search;
  • Google Books search.

Cool stuff about these boxes:

  • You can save searches as examples for your users.
  • Results for the general and Google Books searches will display on the page.
    (Google Scholar doesn't have an API, so results must open in a new window.)
  • Using Google Scholar & Google Books searches helps you teach people that there are better ways to search Google that give you better results!


Google Images Search

To create a Google Images search box, copy and paste the following code:

<form method="get" action="">
<input type="text" name="q" />
<input type="submit" value="Search Google Images" />


Google Calendar Widget

If you use a Google Calendar for library events, hours, etc., you can embed a Google Calendar Widget by going to:


Wolfram Alpha Widgets

To add a Wolfram Alpha search widget to your site, go to:

Select the widget size you'd like to use and copy the code provided.



Copy & paste the following code into the Plain Text Editor:

<form action="" method="get">
Search Wikipedia:
<input type="hidden" name="language" value="en" />
<input type="text" name="search" size="20" />
<input type="submit" name="go" value=" Go! " />

That code will give you this search box:

Search Wikipedia:

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