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Google Search Appliance - Getting your Content Indexed

This article explains how to have your web-based content indexed by the University of Chicago Google Search Appliance (GSA).

The University of Chicago uses a Google Search Appliance (GSA) as the main search tool for public web-based content. The Appliance continually indexes new documents as they are posted to the University of Chicago websites, and guides users to relevant content using customized search results. The GSA uses the same technology as it's a locally run instance of Google focused exclusively on the University of Chicago.

Getting your Content Indexed

In most cases, UChicago sites will be automatically included in the index unless they are explicitly excluded or are secured via authentication or special network access rules. To make sure your content is indexed by the UChicago GSA, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Your site is open to the public and hosted within one of the domains that are included the GSA crawl. (,,,
  • Your site is linked to from another indexed page. (The GSA can only find content by following links.)
  • You do not have a robots.txt file or meta tags that prevent the GSA from indexing your page. (More about this: Google Search Appliance - Excluding Content )
  • Your site code is optimized for search engines. Read this article for more information: "High Accessibility Is Effective Search Engine Optimization". Contact Web Services with any questions about coding best practices.

The GSA automatically recognizes new site content, so as long as you follow the guidelines above, you should get accurate search results. However, if your site has changed recently and you would like an immediate update of the search index, please contact us and request a recrawl.

The GSA is managed by the Web Services and Web Administration groups within IT Services. If you have a question or issue with implementing a GSA-powered search form, please contact us at

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Keywords:gsa, custom, indexing, crawl, website, gsa-powered   Doc ID:15751
Owner:Alan T.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2010-11-28 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-04-04 08:49 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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