Bento searches allow you to retrieve results from multiple sources and have them appear on the same page and grouped for easier navigation.
Custom Bento Boxes
If you subscribe to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) you can build your own custom EDS Based Bento based on Subject, Source Type or Content Provider.
Catalog Integration
You can enable a Bento Box for the following catalogs that integrate with Stacks:
Bento Boxes Configuration
Depending on the source, content or display preferences of the Bento Box you may need to configure Bento settings in the following locations:
  • Bento tile (Dashboard > Search Configuration > Bento)
  • Site Configuration (Dashboard > System Configuration > Bento/Block Settings Tab)
  • Site Labels (Dashboard > System Configuration > Site Labels > Search – Bento Tab)
  • Catalogs tile (Dashboard > System Configuration > Catalogs)
  • Authentication tile (Dashboard > Integration > Authentication)

If you subscribe to EBSCO Discovery Services, you can create a custom Bento Box based on an EDS query following the instructions below:

  1. Navigate to the Bento Tile (Dashboard > Search Configuration > Bento)
  2. Select from one of the following filters you want the bento box to be filtered by
    • Source Type
    • Content Provider
    • Subjects
  3. In the Query Facets Filter enter a common search term within your organization

    example 1: a pharmaceutical company may use ‘Diabetes’
    example 2: an academic institution may use ‘Research’
  4. Click the QUERY EDS FOR FACET FILTERS button.
  5. If you would like additional facets, enter a term in the Add a Facet Filter field
  6. Click the ADD FACET FILTER button.
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 as needed.
  8. Provide a name for your Bento Box in the Bento Box Title Field
  9. Select from the list of Facets available
  10. Click the CREATE BENTO BOX button.

To Delete a Custom EDS Bento Box:

  1. Navigate to the Bento tile (Dashboard > Search Configuration > Bento)
  2. In the Delete a Custom Bento Box section, select a Custom Bento from the Drop-down list
  3. Click the DELETE CUSTOM BENTO BOX button to confirm the deletion; or
  4. Click the CANCEL button to return to the Bento tile without deleting the Custom Bento.

In the Extra Configuration section, you can choose several options to customize how your Bento Results will appear. To apply these changes:

  1. Navigate to the Bento tile (Dashboard > Search Configuration > Bento)
  2. Scroll down to the Extra Configuration Section
  3. Enable or disable the following options based on your preferences:
    • Hide Summary to hide the summary in Bento search results.
    • Show Display Limit to configure how many results will show in a paginated view.
    • Change Buttons into Links to show buttons as links.
    • Align Images/Icons to the Right to override the default behavior of aligning images to the left.
  1. Click the SAVE CONFIGURATION button.
You can enable Bento Boxes for Catalogs that integrate with Stacks by following these steps:
  1. Navigate to the Catalogs tile (Dashboard > Search Configuration > Catalogs)
  2. Select the desired catalog from the left-side tabs.
  3. Check the Enable Bento Box option
Note: You will need to manually add the Bento Box to the Bento Search Page after performing the steps above.
  1. Log into your site as an Administrator.
  2. From the homepage, perform a Bento Search to navigate to your Bento Search Results page.
  3. Near the bottom of your browser, click the Customize this Page button.

  4. Click the + button inside the empty space above the column you would like to place your new Bento Box in.

  5. In the Content Selector that appears, click the Bento Search Tab 
  6. Click "Add a Bento Box"

  7. Choose a Bento Box from the 'Select a Bento Box' Drop-down list.
    *You can choose from Internal Searches, EDS Searches, Custom EDS Searches, and Catalog Searches

  8. Provide a Title
  9. Provide a Subtitle and Subtitle URL (if desired)
  10. Select the number of results you want to appear (up to a maximum of 10 results)
  11. Check the box if you would like to enable the Pagination feature (this allows you to click arrows to the left or right to show multiple pages of results)
  12. Click the Finish button to save your configuration and add the Bento Box to the results page; or
  13. Click the Cancel button if you want to disgard the configuration and return to Content Selector.


Site visitors logged in as Patrons can customize their view of Bento Search results. These preferences are user-specific so changes made to these settings will only apply to the user logged in.  If another user logs in to the same site, their preferences will be loaded as well.

  1.  Log in as a Patron user.
  2. Perform a Bento Search.
  3. In the results summary click the settings icon.

  4. Check the box Display Image to show an image (if applicable) in the Bento box next to the result.
  5. Check the box Images on the Right to display images (if applicable) to the right of any text.

  6. Click the Settings Icon to dismiss the Settings window and save preferences.