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How do I use the EBSCO Search Box Builder tool?

The Search Box Builder tool makes it easy for you to create your own EBSCOhost or EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) search box. Choose your search parameters and customize your search box size and style to fit your site. Integrate it directly into your website to allow users to access premium content quickly! Multiple styles and customization options are available.

Create your own EBSCO Search Box by clicking the link below:

EBSCO's Search Box Builder

The following is a step-by-step guide to help you create your own Search Box:

Step One: Set Search Parameters

Set Search Parameters

  1. From the drop-down menu, select the EBSCO Interface you would like to search with your Search Box.

  2. Choose the language you would like the interface to be displayed in from the Interface Language drop-down menu.

  3. Choose whether you would like your users to search your databases or database groups, or target a specific profile.

  4. Select one or more databases that you would like searched by your Search Box. If you have selected the EBSCOhost Interface, any databases you choose must be added or already have been added to an EBSCOhost profile in EBSCOadmin. Any EBSCO database that supports persistent links can be used with the Search Box Builder tool. You can also create a search box that searches EBSCOhost databases and uses the Searchasaurus, Kids Search, or Student Research Center interfaces.

    For example, you can create a Searchasaurus Search Box by selecting the databases you have applied to your Searchasaurus profile (e.g. Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source, etc.) and adding a link to a Searchasaurus logo in Step Four.

    If you have selected an interface that uses only a corresponding database, select that database. (e.g. if you selected the Points of View Reference Center interface, select the Points of View Reference Center database in this section.)

    If you have selected Profile, enter your Customer ID, Group ID, and the Profile ID of the profile you would like searched in the fields provided.

  5. If you subscribe to EBSCOhost Integrated Search, add a database display name and code, and click Add for each third-party database you would like to add to your search box.

  6. Choose a Search Mode: Boolean/Phrase, All terms (AND), or Any terms (OR).

  7. Select any limiters you would like applied from Limit results.

  8. Select any available Publication Types you would like applied.

  9. Add keywords you would like to automatically combine with searches to target your users' results.


Step Two: Select Authentication Parameters

Select Authentication Parameters

  1. If applicable, add your proxy prefix in the available field.

  2. Select your method of authentication from the available methods. Your authentication method should correspond with the user group in which the EBSCOhost profile your databases are in.

    For example, if the databases you wish to search are in an EBSCOhost profile found in the Main user group, your authentication method should apply to the Main user group in EBSCOadmin.

  3. Select if you would like your search box to use Secure HTTP authentication.


Step Three: Choose a Search Box Design

Choose a Search Box Design

  • Choose from one of the three available Search Box Styles to get started.


Step Four: Customize the Layout

Customize the Layout

  1. Enter a title for your Search Box in the field provided.

  2. Add a URL to a logo you would like to use in your search box. (optional)

    Use your own logo or choose from available EBSCO product logos at our Customer Success Center Product Buttons page.

  3. Adjust the height and width of your search box.

  4. Check the box if you would like your search results to open in a new browser window.

  5. Check the box for the limiters you would like to be displayed on your search box.


Step 5: Confirm your Search Box.

Confirm Your Search Box

  1. Test-drive your search box. You can continue to make adjustments and preview them before you are finished.

  2. When finished, click the Create Search Box button.


Step 6: Copy Your Search Box Code

Copy Your Code

  • Copy and paste the resulting Search Box code to place in your webpage.


To access examples of how the Search Box Builder tool is being used, see the following FAQ:

How do I embed an EBSCOhost search box on to my website?