TRAIL Widget

The TRAIL widget is a search box that can be added to your LibGuides or webpages allowing users to search the TRAIL archive easily. It brings the search interface to your users!

Librarians using Springshare’s LibGuides software are familiar with the availability of many search widgets and the customization features available.  Here’s a video/no audio clip that demonstrates how to add the widget to a LibGuide box.

Example of the TRAIL Widget used in a Technical Report LibGuide at the University of Washington (scroll to bottom of the linked page)

TRAIL Widget Code:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "">
<HTML lang="en" style="zoom: 100%; ">
<META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<title>TRAIL - Technical Report Archive and Image Library - Search</title>

<div style="width:96%; text-align:left; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; background-color:#f0eee6;">
  <h1> <a href="//""">" target="_blank"><img src="//""">" class="img-responsive" alt="TRAIL - Technical Report Archive and Image Library - logo"></a> </h1>
<div style="width:96%; text-align:left; background-color:#000A49; color: #FFF; font-family:Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; padding:10px 10px 10px 10px;">
  <p style="font-size:11px;"><br>
    Search U.S. government technical reports issued primarily prior to 1976 and digitized by <a href="//""">" target="_blank">TRAIL</a>.</p>
  <p style="font-size:14px; font-weight:bold;">Keyword Search</p>
  <script type="text/javascript">
function searchTrailGo(){
var url="";
var url2="?q="
var trailSearch = document.getElementById("searchTrail"); + url2 + encodeURIComponent(trailSearch.value));
  <div id="enterText" style="position: absolute; left: -1000em;">Enter your search terms:</div>
<div style="color: #000">
    <input type="text" id="searchTrail" onKeyPress="handleKeyPress(event,this.form)" />
    <input type="button" value="Search" onclick="searchTrailGo()"/>


If you need technical assistance regarding this widget, contact Norma Dowell at

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TRAIL Search Interface

The TRAIL Search Interface is the free search engine for finding TRAIL digitized content:  Please feel free to add this link to any guides, webpages, or instructional material where it would be useful.

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TRAIL Collection Processing Database

The Processing Database ( is a freely searchable and available tool used by TRAIL members and others to find the details regarding collections or series that have been received, inventoried, etc., at the University of Arizona, TRAIL’s central processing site. This database also provides the names of institutions that have contributed technical reports for digitization.

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