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Institutional Search

The Institutional Search service is available to provide help, training, and support for utilizing search capabilities across websites and applications hosted at Yale. Search technologies available at Yale:

  • YaleSites or CampusPress
    By default, YaleSites (Drupal) and CampusPress (Wordpress) installations are powered by the framework's default core search. These are free search solutions integrated with YaleSites and CampusPress that allow for site-wide content searching.
  • Google Custom Search
    Google Custom Search (GCS) powers our local campus web searches of publically visible web pages at Yale. GCS uses much of the same technology as the public Google search engine and is also a free service provided by Google. GCS allows website owners to create and maintain their own custom search engines that can be added to their websites.
  • Google Site Search
    Google Site Search is the paid version of GCS. For a fee, Google Site Search provides customers with email technical support, customized search results using XML, the ability to disable Google branding, and a flexible on-demand indexing quota. Google also provides a comparison of GCS and GSS features
  • APACHE Solr
    Solr is an open source enterprise search platform based on Apache Lucene. Solr enables the use of facets to drill-down into search results to retrieve the most relevant content. Note the index for sites using the Solr search solution is hosted by a cloud-based hosting provider as part of YaleSites. It can only be used for YaleSites websites and tincludes limitations on the number of documents that may be indexed. If cost-free indexing limits are reached, the solution can be easily expanded to accomodate new requirements. 
  • APACHE Solr (Websites and Applications)
    The custom Solr solution for websites and applications with larger collections of content. There is cost associated with hosting the larger solutions. Note there are costs that are associated with custom Apache Solr solutions.

Who can use it?

  • YaleSites/CampusPress default search can be used by anyone with a YaleSites or CampusPress installation.
  • Google Custom Search (GCS) can be used by anyone with a Gmail or EliApps account.
  • Google Site Search (GSS) requires a paid subscription (GCS engines can be upgraded through the CSE control panel).
  • Apache Solr search can be used by anyone with a YaleSites installation.

How much does it cost?

  • The default YaleSites and CampusPress is available at no charge to the Yale community.
  • Google Custom Search (GCS) is a free cloud-based service.
  • Google Site Search (GSS) pricing
  • Apache Solr for collections with less than 75,000 documents is free for YaleSites websites.
  • Custom Apache Solr configurations for collections with over 75,000 documents or for use with an application require a consultation. (please contact search@yale.edu)

How do I get it?

  • Refer to specific documentation for YaleSites default search and Google Custom Search to create and configure your search engine.
  • Contact search@yale.edu for more information about using Apache Solr.

Where can I get help?

Contact search@yale.edu if you have questions about Yale's Institutional Search service, search configuration or would like to notify us about your new site.

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Institutional Search

Service manager: 
Felix Rodriguez
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The Institutional Search service provides help, training, and support for utilizing search capabilities across websites and applications.

The Institutional Search service is available to provide help, training, and support for utilizing search capabilities across websites and applications hosted at Yale. Search technologies available at Yale:

  • YaleSites or CampusPress
    By default, YaleSites (Drupal) and CampusPress (Wordpress) installations are powered by the framework's default core search. These are free search solutions integrated with YaleSites and CampusPress that allow for site-wide content searching.
  • Google Custom Search
    Google Custom Search (GCS) powers our local campus web searches of publically visible web pages at Yale. GCS uses much of the same technology as the public Google search engine and is also a free service provided by Google. GCS allows website owners to create and maintain their own custom search engines that can be added to their websites.
  • Google Site Search
    Google Site Search is the paid version of GCS. For a fee, Google Site Search provides customers with email technical support, customized search results using XML, the ability to disable Google branding, and a flexible on-demand indexing quota. Google also provides a comparison of GCS and GSS features
  • APACHE Solr
    Solr is an open source enterprise search platform based on Apache Lucene. Solr enables the use of facets to drill-down into search results to retrieve the most relevant content. Note the index for sites using the Solr search solution is hosted by a cloud-based hosting provider as part of YaleSites. It can only be used for YaleSites websites and tincludes limitations on the number of documents that may be indexed. If cost-free indexing limits are reached, the solution can be easily expanded to accomodate new requirements. 
  • APACHE Solr (Websites and Applications)
    The custom Solr solution for websites and applications with larger collections of content. There is cost associated with hosting the larger solutions. Note there are costs that are associated with custom Apache Solr solutions.
Who can use it?: 
  • YaleSites/CampusPress default search can be used by anyone with a YaleSites or CampusPress installation.
  • Google Custom Search (GCS) can be used by anyone with a Gmail or EliApps account.
  • Google Site Search (GSS) requires a paid subscription (GCS engines can be upgraded through the CSE control panel).
  • Apache Solr search can be used by anyone with a YaleSites installation.
How much does it cost?: 
  • The default YaleSites and CampusPress is available at no charge to the Yale community.
  • Google Custom Search (GCS) is a free cloud-based service.
  • Google Site Search (GSS) pricing
  • Apache Solr for collections with less than 75,000 documents is free for YaleSites websites.
  • Custom Apache Solr configurations for collections with over 75,000 documents or for use with an application require a consultation. (please contact search@yale.edu)
How do I get it?: 
  • Refer to specific documentation for YaleSites default search and Google Custom Search to create and configure your search engine.
  • Contact search@yale.edu for more information about using Apache Solr.
Where can I get help?: 

Contact search@yale.edu if you have questions about Yale's Institutional Search service, search configuration or would like to notify us about your new site.

FAQs and other resources: 
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