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Tabbed Search

Tabbed search is being discontinued. If you are running tabbed search for your search results pages, you should plan to update to the U search interface by the end of March 2018. The Search Self Help Guide will walk you through the steps.

Google Search Appliance

The University of Minnesota licenses and runs an instance of Google Search Appliance (GSA). The University’s GSA searches U of M websites, mostly in the domain, and indexes the results.

The new runs from the GSA which allows more flexibility and better search results for units.

Google will be retiring the Google Search Appliance in 2019. ​Google does not plan to provide a suitable alternative to the Search Appliance. The Office of Information Technology along with University Relations is researching options for a replacement.

A survey will be sent in January 2018 to current GSA users, web developers, and communicators systemwide to gather requirements for search at the U.

Important: Update Tabbed Search

When the GSA is retired, tabbed search will no longer work. If you're still using tabbed search results for your websites, we urge you to move to the U search interface by the end of March 2018.

Units that have implemented the U search interface will be able to more easily transition to the upcoming search replacement.


There are resources to help you update the search results on your website(s).

The Search Self-Help Guide will walk you through updating your site to the new interface:

Complete set up—We recommend that you set up your search results to include your unit's branding and have OIT set the biasing on your results to show your unit search results first, followed by the campus search results.

Easy set up—If the complete set up is more than you have time for, simply changing your tabbed search to point to the U's general search results is quicker. These are the three steps in the self-help guide to follow for that:

There are a number of Search Information and Help Sessions scheduled for hands-on help to set up your site with the new interface. Sign up here:

January 9, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Bruininks Hall 121
January 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm, West Bank, location not confirmed
February 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, St. Paul, location not confirmed
February 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm, East Bank, location not confirmed
March 14, 2:30 - 4:00pm, East Bank, location not confirmed
March 27, 8:30 - 10:00 am, West Bank, location not confirmed


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