The Mason Search Engine

George Mason University uses Google Search Appliance as its search engine.

How Do I Get My Site Listed?

First, the site must be on a server the search engine knows to crawl. If you’re on one of the official Mason servers, this isn’t an issue. If you’re on your own server, the server may have to be added to the list. To have your server added, submit a request to Virtual Web Hosting Domain Name Service.

Second, search engines work by following links on sites already listed. If your site isn’t linked anywhere on the Mason web, then it’s unlikely that your site will be found. Adding your site to Mason A-Z is a good start.

Once these conditions are met, it may take a few weeks for the site to show up in search results.

How Do I Add a Search Form To My Site?

Here is a HTML snippet for a Mason search form:

<form method="get" action="">
<label for="q">Search: </label>
<input type="text" name="q" id="q" maxlength="600" />
<input type="submit" value="Go!" />
<input type="hidden" name="site" value="mason_test" />
<input type="hidden" name="client" value="mason_test" />
<input type="hidden" name="proxystylesheet" value="default_frontend" />
<input type="hidden" name="output" value="xml_no_dtd" />

To restrict the search to only your URL, add the following to the code above:

<input type="hidden" name="sitesearch" value="" />

This search will find only pages in the site that include the user’s search term(s).
Important Note: Please ensure your site is properly indexed before using the sitesearch feature.

Last Updated: September 10, 2019