Wednesday, November 20, 2013

LibX by Jen Holman

The LibX toolbar is an indispensable tool in any researcher’s toolkit.  If you haven’t yet heard of LibX, it’s an amazing grant-funded, open-source project from Annette Bailey (digital assets librarian) and Godmar Back (assistant professor in CS) of Virginia Tech University. Our LibX toolbar links you back to Murphy Library resources and librarians whether you are browsing books at, doing research in Google, or reading the New York Times online.
LibX Main Features:
  • Toolbar (quickly search the library catalog, Google Scholar, or FindIt! by title, author, keyword, etc.);
  • Context (right-click) menu (highlight text from any web page or PDF and right-click for a list of options);
  • Reload any page through the library's proxy server (EZProxy);
  • Access to our FindIt! services;
  • Embedded links (available on sites like, Wikipedia, etc.).

To illustrate the utility of this toolbar here’s a quick story: Sitting in a coffee shop in downtown La Crosse, you find a great JSTOR article through a Google search.  You know that Murphy Library licenses JSTOR content, but JSTOR is asking you to pay for content. With LibX installed, you simply right-click on the article web page, select “re-load page via EZProxy,” authenticate, and then read the article. In cases in which Murphy Library doesn’t have access, the toolbar will redirect users to the FindIt! menu from which they can easily and quickly request the article via ILLiad (interlibrary loan/document delivery service).
Want to see LibX in action?  Here’s a quick video showing the re-load feature with PubMed and Elsevier. More information and installation instructions are available at:

Submitted by Jen Holman, Murphy Library