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What is External Catalog Search?

External Catalog Search means Stacks carries the search term through to the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) interface. This may be any catalog or OPAC (EDS, Polaris, Sirsi, III, Evergreen, OCLC WorldCat, Koha, ExLibris, Bibliocommons, VuFind, etc.).  In the case of "External EDS Native" for example, a search term is entered in Stacks and the patron is taken out to the Native EDS Interface and the search term is carried through, immediately showing results.

If the patron is logged into "My Account" in Stacks, they will be an authenticated EDS visitor and have access to the "Full Text" content without having to login again. If the patron is not logged into "My Account" in Stacks, they will browse EDS as a guest and be required to login when they find a resource they'd like to access the "Full Text" for. Other OPAC and catalogs will not authenticate on entry. A Stacks search bar can accommodate up to three (3) of these external catalog search configurations at one time. This capability is available without the ILS Integration option.

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