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Library Search Widgets: Intro

The guide will provide instructions for inserting library search widgets into D2L or other course web sites

What's Available?

Here are some of the widgets that are currently available to GSU. Check back occassionally to see if any new services are introduced or changes implemented.

Research Databases

  • Discover
  • EbscoHost
  • ProQuest
  • Web of Knowledge
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Sage Journals Online

Library Catalogs

  • WorldCat



What is a Search Box Widget?

Many database vendors have created “cut and paste” code 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 Complete and PsycINFO.  Give it a try here:

Research databases
Limit Your Results

Why would I include this on a course page?

If your course involves some type of research assignment, you can recommend and direct students to one or more databases relevant to their topic. The search box widgets bring the databases to “where the students” are, rather than having to negotiate through the library’s pages.

How can I set them up?

1. Choose the database(s)
2. Identify the vendor(s)
3. Customize your targets to create your own code
4. Include the library’s proxy server information
5. Copy and paste the code into your course page

About This Guide

This guide was adapted from a similiar guide created by Patti Wilson and Diane Cruickshank at University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford BC., Canada.