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    OPAC: Building Canned Searches (Tomcat)

    Created By: Lesli M. Moore
    Created on: 5/14/2019



    [This article was copied from the Voyager Wiki.]

    The easiest way to create canned searches is to perform the search in WebV, copy the url, and edit the elements as needed. For example:

    This is a canned search for the term chickens anywhere in the record with 25 records per page and results sorted by date (newest to oldest)
    http://catalog.thslc.net/vwebv/search?searchArg=chickens&searchCode=GKEY%5E&searchType=0&recCount=25&sortBy=PUB_DATE_DESC

    This is a canned search for the terms rats AND chickens anywhere in the record with 25 records per page and results sorted by author
    http://catalog.thslc.net/vwebv/search?searchArg=rats+chickens&searchCode=GKEY%5E&searchType=0&recCount=25&sortBy=AUTHOR

    The elements in the search URL are:

    Base URL
    searchArg
    searchCode
    searchType
    recCount
    sortBy

    The only elements required are base URL, searchArg, searchCode, and searchType
    The optional elements are recCount and sortBy.

    The base URL for your WebV instance
    http://www.your.edu/vwebv/search?

    The term(s) to search
    searchArg=

    If you are going to use more than one term, use a + (plus sign) between each word: rats+chickens

    The index to search
    &searchCode=

    This can be any search code from System Admin.  Remember that you can indicate browse, relevance, automatic AND, or automatic OR.
    + Indicates browse search type.
    * Indicates relevance search type.
    ^ Indicates to insert an AND operator between the strings in a search.
    | Indicates to insert an OR operator between the strings in a search

    For example:
    GKEY^* = Keyword anywhere where terms are automatically ANDed and sorted by relevance

    The search type
    &searchType=

    Search Type (Number)
    Quick (0)
    Basic (1)
    Advanced (2)
    Subject (3)
    Author (4)
    Course Reserve (5)

    Unless you are going to include limits from the Advanced Search Page, stick to Quick (0) or Basic (1) searchType

    Records per page
    &recCount=

    Best option is to use your default.

    Sort order
    &sortBy=

    Your options are:
    AUTHOR
    TITLE
    PUB_DATE
    PUB_DATE_DESC
    RELEVANCE




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