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Library Research Toolbar (LibX)

What is the LibX Toolbar? The LibX Toolbar is a browser extension that helps you quickly search Library resources including the Library Catalog, WorldCat and more. LibX 2.0 is compatible with Google Chrome and older versions of Firefox.

Once you download the toolbar, you can:

  1. Search the Library Catalog, WorldCat and More
  2. Embedded cues and auto-linking to help search the Library Catalog on many popular websites 
  3. Dynamic right-click search options for selected/highlighted text on webpages
  4. Support for off-campus access to Library resources
  5. Brandeis Library Off-Campus Bookmarklet

LibX Toolbar help and support

For questions about the Brandeis LibX Toolbar, please email the e-resources team at e-resources@brandeis.edu.  If you are having trouble installing the Brandeis LibX Toolbar, consult the installation help page.

LibX 2 Installation

LibX 2.0 toolbar


LibX 2

After installation the LibX icon should look like the Brandeis seal. Clicking on the icon will open the LibX search box.

LibX 2.0 search box

Search the Library Catalog, WorldCat, HathiTrust and More

LibX 2.0 searching options

You can search by multiple terms in different fields (author, title, ISBN/ISSN, etc.) by clicking on the down arrowLibX down arrowto add additional search boxes. The fields that are displayed change according to the Search option.

Embedded Cues and Auto-Linking

The LibX Toolbar embeds links to the Library Catalog in search results on Amazon, New York Times Book Reviews, and more. 

Just watch for the Brandeis sealembedded cues and auto-linking icon and when you see one, click to check to see if Brandeis has the book.

Embedded cues

The LibX Toolbar looks for visible ISBNs and ISSNs on webpages and turns them into clickable links that connect you to the Library Catalog so that you can see if you can access the book or journal at Brandeis. 

LibX auto linking

Dynamic right-click search options for selected/highlighted text on webpages

Different search options will display depending on what text you highlight on a web page.  Alternatively, you can drag and drop selected text onto the LibX icon to search Google Scholar.

LibX right-click menu

Highlight a word or phase like Plato aesthetics, and right-click for a OneSearch or Google Scholar search.
Highlight a journal title, like Lancet, or an article title, like The Indigenous in the Plural in Bolivian Oppositional Politics, and right-click for a Google Scholar search.

You can customize your right-click search options via the LibX Preferences.

Off-campus access to Library resources: Using the toolbar, you have the option to reload a webpage via Brandeis authentication when you are doing research off campus. This way, you can check to see if Brandeis has access to the full text of an article or journal you find. Choosing "Reload [url] for Brandeis Access", will prompt you for your UNet login. If the Brandeis Library has a subscription to the journal the article is published in, using this "Reload" option will allow you to login and access the article.

Set Google Scholar preferences

Go to the Google Scholar homepage and click on the Scholar Preferences link to the right of the search box.  In the Library Links section, type in Brandeis.

Copyright: LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. Copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.

Brandeis Library Off-Campus Bookmarklet

Brandeis Library maintains a proxy server that helps provide access to our electronic journal and databases subscriptions while off-campus. If you reach a database page that says access denied or prompts you for a login for access, try using the bookmarklet. The bookmarklet will rewrite the url to include the proxy string.  For example http://www.jstor.org/ will be rewritten as http://resources.library.brandeis.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/

To install the bookmarklet, drag and drop this link Brandeis Library Off-Campus in your bookmarks bar or manually add the bookmarklet to your web browswer bookmark list - javascript:void(location.href=%22http://