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Help test our new site search!

By Brian Egan on March 12, 2009 1:53 PM | Permalink

UNLV Libraries Google Custom Search

One of the problems the Usability Committee uncovered, highlighted by the recent Summit on Discovery, is our site search. Currently, the search we provide sends our patrons to a search engine set up by the University. While this search returns reasonable results, it does not include all of our resources, and most notably excludes subject guides. Furthermore, as the search engine includes all University resources, patrons tend to get results that are not relevant, and these results may be more prominently displayed than our own resources. Finally, forwarding the patron to a generic University page leaves them no library navigation to return quickly to our site other than the “back” button, breaking a fairly important usability rule of providing consistent navigation.

In an attempt to remedy this, the Usability Committee recently submitted a WMC Project request to improve our site search, which was approved earlier this week by the WMC. Once approved, I began looking at available options, and found that one very good route was to create a Google Custom Search.

At the top of this post is a link to the search engine I’ve created with Google Custom Search. Please try the search engine and leave us some comments as to what you think! We’d love to get input, fill in missing gaps, correct any bugs that might appear, and we really need your help to achieve those goals!

The following are the URLs the search engine is looking through. Please let me know if I’ve forgotten any!



Submitted by estowers on
I like it! I tried some of the questions that I remembered from the Summit on Discovery and found the answers right away.


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