LibX UM edition is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to the University Library's resources. It allows you to search Mirlyn, SearchTools (for journals, journal articles, or databases), Google Scholar, and the library web site from your browser -- simply by highlighting text on the screen, right-clicking, and selecting what you would like to search. LibX also lets you search Mirlyn for a book you find at other libraries (or Amazon.com).
About the LibX Toolbar
Toolbar & right-click context menu: Search the library catalog directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.
Support for off-campus access via EZProxy/WAM: 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.
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 the University 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.
Support for embedded cues: LibX places cues in web pages you visit if the library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the cue, click on the link to look at what the Library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in Mirlyn. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages.
About LibX Toolbar
Watch this screencast for examples of this cool feature. (requires Macromedia Flash Plugin).
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" to add libx.org to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click "Ok" and visit the "Install" link again.
This extension works with Firefox only. It does not work with other browsers such as Internet Explorer or Safari. It has been tested with Firefox versions 1.0 and higher on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh.
By using this extension you may send the URL of pages you are currently visiting to the Mirlyn server. Such information is sent only if you are actively using the extension; it is never sent automatically. If you wish to avoid this you must turn off the referrer URL by setting network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0 in your Firefox preferences.
For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.
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