What is a search widget?
A widget is a small but powerful tool that generates the code for a simple search box that can be placed almost anywhere on a Web page. These widgets allow users to easily and quickly search specific databases in the Discus collection. A variety of search widgets have been created by Discus database providers, and they are designed to easily be copied and pasted directly into the source code of a library or media center’s Web page.
Are there advantages to placing widgets on my Web page?
Yes! When widgets are included in very visible areas of Web pages, they provide a convenient and easy way to search for information. Not only is this good customer service, but widgets have been known to dramatically increase usage of electronic resources.
The links below provide information about and access to widgets that have been created by some of the Discus database providers.
- For searching the three levels of Britannica School
- For searching the Britannica Online Public Library Edition
- For searching the Britannica Online Academic Edition
- For searching key people, places and topics in Encyclopaedia Britannica
Credo Reference contains hundreds of full-text reference books covering many major subject areas. Search boxes can be created by following the easy Credo Reference search box instructions.
EBSCO provides an easy-to-use Search Box Builder. Customization options allow you to choose interfaces, databases, limiters, design, and more. The Search Box Builder Instructions provide a step-by-step guide to help you create your own search box. Discus-participating institutions have access to the following interfaces when building search boxes.
Business Searching Interface
Consumer Health Complete
EBSCOhost Research Databases
History Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center
Science Reference Center
Small Business Reference Center
Creating EBSCO search boxes often requires identifying information that is specific to your institution. If you need assistance in using the Search Box Builder, please contact the Discus Office.
Facts On File
Widgets for Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center and Bloom’s Literature are created in the Facts On File administration portal by following these steps.
- Go to http://admin.infobasepublishing.com and log in.
- Select the Usage Booster tab.
- Select the Widgets tab.
- Copy the HTML code and place it on your webpage.
For creating widgets to search the numerous databases provided by Gale, visit the Gale widgets homepage