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Connecting to Third-Party Content
In addition to loading content into its own internal index, VuFind can also communicate with third-party services to pull in additional information.
Journal information can be searched through BrowZine starting with VuFind 4.1. Copy the BrowZine.ini file into your local settings directory and fill in the necessary details. The comments in the file will guide you. Once configured, searches can be performed at http://your-server/vufind/BrowZine. The BrowZine module is most useful in combination with combined searching.
EBSCO content can be accessed with either the EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) or EIT (EBSCO Integration Toolkit) module. The EIT service is deprecated, so EDS is recommended when possible. Each service has its own .ini file in VuFind's configuration directory which can be edited to activate the appropriate module of VuFind. Searches can then be performed at http://your-server/vufind/EDS or http://your-server/vufind/EIT, as appropriate.
Your LibGuides can be searched in VuFind starting with VuFind 2.3. Copy the LibGuides.ini file into your local settings directory and fill in the necessary details. The comments in the file will guide you. Once configured, searches can be performed at http://your-server/vufind/LibGuides . The LibGuides module is most useful in combination with combined searching.
Ex Libris Primo Central content can be accessed by modifying the Primo.ini file in VuFind's configuration directory and going to http://your-server/vufind/Primo.
To search Serials Solutions' Summon through the VuFind interface, you will need to enable Summon in the VuFind configuration file to enable this functionality.
- Uncomment the [Summon] section of config.ini file.
- Advanced settings can also be customized in Summon.ini file.
To access the Summon service in your VuFind installation, add “/Summon/Home” to the VuFind base URL. Presently, the Summon module stands alone – you will have to build custom menus and search boxes if you want to more tightly integrate it with other VuFind modules. Visit this JIRA ticket if you would like a copy of the custom code used for Villanova's VuFind + Summon integration.
To search items held at other libraries via OCLC's WorldCat Search API, you will need to take the following steps:
- Uncomment the [WorldCat] section of the config.ini file
- Advanced settings can also be customized in WorldCat.ini file.
WorldCat content can be accessed by adding “/WorldCat/Home” to your VuFind base URL. Presently, the WorldCat module stands alone – you will have to build custom menus and search boxes if you want to more tightly integrate it with other VuFind modules.
Mixing and Matching
See the Combining Search Types page for details on combining results from multiple sources.
If you want to use VuFind as a custom interface for one of these services, but you do not need to also maintain a local Solr instance, see Using VuFind Without Solr.