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Google Search Meeting for July

The University Webmasters will be hosting another Google Search meeting and demo on Wednesday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. in MSC 2402 (room number subject to change). As we’ve mentioned, when the contract with Google expires this fall, the Google Search Appliance (GSA) will be discontinued, so we want to help university webmasters to make the transition.

This fall, will begin using the Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) instead of the GSA, continuing to return aggregated search results from all university websites. However, for site search, colleges and departments will need to set up their own Custom Search Engine. Just adding a sitesearch parameter to the query string will not work. Fortunately, setting up a CSE at isn’t hard to do. At the meeting, we will demonstrate a couple of the CSEs that we’ve set up so far.

Note: with the launch of our new Marcomm website, our search documentation has moved to There you can find our latest Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) search box code, which you will be able to use for university-wide searches or as a basis for your site search.

Bring your ideas and questions to the July 31 meeting. We will hold another one in August.

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Friday, July 19th, 2013 Search No Comments

Interesting search alternative: Google Custom Search

Prompted by the recent brief outage of our Google Search Appliance, we updated our Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) settings so we can use it the next time the Google Search Appliance is unavailable.

The Custom Search Engine uses the public Google search engine to search Texas A&M websites, and I was amazed at the many features that it offers, considering that it’s free. In fact, I was able to match our site design, import our Do Not Crawl list and add all the KeyMatches from the Google Search Appliance. The CSE even includes features that aren’t standard with the Google Search Appliance, such as autocompletion/search-as-you-type, automatic thumbnail images, and enhanced KeyMatch descriptions.

You can read more about how to use Google Custom Search Engine on our Custom Search Engine page at


Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Search No Comments