Adding LibGuides Search Provider to FireFox

Tiffany sent us another great tip for the blog – this time explaining how she created a custom search plug-in for her LibGuides site at DePauw University.  Here are instructions on how you can create one for your library.

1) Start out at the MOZDEV website located at http://mycroft.mozdev.org/submitos.html.  Check the “show full instructions” box so that you can get some assistance creating your plug-in.

2) Provide values for the first six fields on the page; we have a LibGuides image that you are welcome to use if you would like: http://springshare.com/blog-images/libguides.gif

3) Use the following address for the search URL, but be sure to replace “demo.libguides.com” with your LibGuides URL: http://demo.libguides.com/search.php?search={searchTerms}

4) Select one of the Education categories and enter a comment describing the plug-in; the rest of the values can be left at their default values or can be customized as needed.  Click the Generate and Submit buttons to finish creating the component.

5)  After submitting the plug-in, you will be taken to a page where you can install it in your browser.  You should bookmark or save this URL so you can provide it to other librarians and patrons as needed.

Once the plug-in is installed, you can search your LibGuides site by typing in the FireFox search bar (top-right corner) and selecting the LibGuides icon from the drop-down menu.  This will take you directly to the LibGuides search results page for whatever term(s) you entered.  Pretty neat!

We have created a custom search provider for the LibGuides Community site, which allows you to search across the entire universe of LibGuides content.  As of this afternoon that covers 42,000 pages on 6500 subject guides, created by 3000 users at 176 libraries worldwide.  This is a great resource for researchers as well as content creators, as it exposes users to subject information and ideas from all over the world.

Custom search providers can also be created for Internet Explorer; for detailed instructions please see our earlier blog post titled “Adding LibGuides Search Provider to IE7“.

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