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How do I include PSU search on my website?

There are two ways to include a Portland State search interface on your website:

  1. make your own PSU search form
  2. link to PSU search

How to make your own PSU search form

You can include a form like this on your website that uses the PSU search index and interface.

Put code like the following on your website. You can use styles, graphical submit buttons, etc, to modify the presentation of this basic form. It's a good idea to put the form in your website's header and/or footer so users can find it easily on every page.

<form name="sitesearch" method="get" action="http://search.pdx.edu/search/">
<!-- hidden field to indicate the PSU search account number -->
<input type="hidden" name="sp-a" value="sp10025c5e">
<!-- text field for search terms -->
<input type="text" name="sp-q" value="" size="35">
<!-- submit button -->
<input type="submit" value="search">
</form>

How to link to PSU search

Provide a link like this on your website:

<a href="http://www.pdx.edu/search/" title="search Portland State">search</a>

It's a good idea to put the link in your website's header and/or footer so users can find it easily on every page.

PSU search collections

Soon, we will be modifying PSU search to enable "collections"essentially subcollections of the entire PSU search index. Collections will enable major PSU websites to provide search of only materials on their own domain(s), with an option to search all of Portland State. Contact Web Communications for more information.