Adding LibGuides Search Provider to IE7

One of the great features of IE7 is the ability to search sites like Wikipedia, Google, About.com, and (uhh??) Wal-Mart from a toolbar conveniently located right in the browser.  It should come as little surprise that our LibGuides application has been added to this distinguished list!

With the LibGuides Search Provider you can now search your entire system without having to first navigate to the LibGuides homepage, saving valuable seconds that can be better used on YouTube.  To install the provider in your IE7 browser just do the following…

1) In the upper-right corner of your browser click the arrow next to the magnifying glass, and select “Find More Providers” from the list.

2) On the add-provider page, enter the URL in the format “http://{domain}/search.php?search=TEST” – be sure to replace {domain} with your LibGuides domain.  You can name the provider whatever you would like, but we recommend “LibGuides Search” to keep things simple.

3) Click Install, accept the security prompt, and you have installed the LibGuides Search Provider in your browser!  To test the provider, enter any search term(s)into the search box, and select the newly created “LibGuides Search” from the dropdown list.

4) If all went well, you should be whisked away to a set of search results showing all matching items in your LibGuides system.  Next time you want to locate something in LibGuides, just enter your search string in the box, select LibGuides, and you will jump right to the results!

** To all rabid FireFox advocates out there, we didn’t forget about you.  A provider for FireFox should be coming in the next couple of weeks **

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