A plugin for Omeka that uses the subject field in an Omeka item to generate links to searches in catalogs, such as Archive Grid and the Library of Congress.
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Catalog Search Plugin for Omeka

A plugin for Omeka that uses the subject field in an Omeka item to generate links to searches in catalogs such as Archive Grid, the DPLA, Google Books, Google Scholar, the Hathi Trust, JSTOR, the Library of Congress, and WorldCat. This plugin was created for the American Converts Database but it is useful more generally. This plugin works best if you use Omeka's Library of Congress Suggest plugin to add LoC authorities and vocabularies to your items.

Lincoln A. Mullen | lincoln@lincolnmullen.com | http://lincolnmullen.com


The plugin will not display catalog links unless your item has a Dublin Core subject. The plugin will use only the first Dublin Core subject if there are multiple subjects.

You can edit the query strings for the default catalog searches, or you can add your own catalogs. Each catalog needs to have a query string. This query string is a URL to the catalog, with the query terms replaced with the characters %s.

Example: Searching Google for the word test returns the URL https://www.google.com/search?q=test, so the query string for Google is https://www.google.com/search?q=%s.

This plugin uses the same format as Google Chrome's custom search engines. See Chrome's documentation or this ProfHacker post for a more thorough explanation.


Here are a few items in the American Converts Database that show how the links work:


© 2013 Lincoln A. Mullen

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.