The LibX toolbar can be quickly added to either Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer. This handy toolbar gives you instant access to the UMD Library catalog, Worldcat, Full-text Journals A-Z List, Google Scholar, and more.
This extension works with Firefox (up to version 3.0 tested on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh OSX. ) and Internet Explorer. It does not work with other browsers such as Chrome, Opera or Safari. The Internet Explorer version has been tested with IE6 on Windows XP, and IE7 on Windows XP and Windows Vista.
If Firefox displays a message "To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site... from installing software on your computer.", press the button labelled "Edit Options..." and click "Allow" add libx.org to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click "Ok" and visit the "Install" link again.
Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 or higher is required for IE installation.
Outlined in red, see how the toolbar looks:
If the toolbar does not show up, enable it here:
Here is what the LibX toolbar can do!
...direct searching of the catalog, databases,
electronic journal lists, plus more:
This drop-menu gives you quick access to often-used pages on the UMD Library website. They will open in a new tab or window depending on your browser's settings. LibX preferences can also be found here.
Select the type of search (Keyword, Author, Title, etc.) from the drop-down menu to the left of the white search box.
Select a Catalog: Below, notice the dropdown menu to the right of the white search box, where you can select which Catalog to search at the University of Minnesota. These include Duluth, Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, and All Campuses.
Quick full-text access to journal articles: LibX uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by your Library. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.
Right-click context menu: You can also conduct searches by highlighting any term on the page and right-clicking the context menu. The menu items will change depending on the type of text that is highlighted. Select one of the search options to instantly search the UMD Library Catalog by keyword, title, author, or do a Google Scholar search. Also, "Find It" will search Journal Titles at the UMD Library.
Support for off-campus access via EZProxy: Using the Library's off-campus proxy, you may reload a page through the proxy, or follow a link via the proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.
For example, Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in the UMD Library Catalog. Cues are also displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages. See this screencast for a demo of this cool feature (requires Flash Player).
Support for standard book numbers (xISBN): A book title can have different ISBNs for the paperback, the hardcover, even for different editions. LibX supports OCLC's xISBN service: You can find a book using this method, even if the library holds the book under a different ISBN.