LibX is a web browser extension (also known as a plug-in or add-on) that places a tool button in your browser, getting you quick access to Duke Library resources from whatever web page you're on.
LibX is currently on version 2 and supports Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. This version of LibX moves away from the toolbar interface of the previous version (1.5). If you prefer the older interface, you can attempt to install it in Firefox. However, please be aware that all features may not function properly as it is no longer under active development.
When you install LibX, you will see a new tool button icon to the right of the search box in your browser. You can click on this button to quickly search resources in the Duke University Libraries.
By default, LibX will search for 'All' - however, you can change this by clicking on "ALL" which will reveal a dropdown menu with other search options including Catalog, Classic Catalog, e-Journals, Databases, Digital Collections, Library Web pages, TRLN, Google Scholar, and WorldCat.
LibX integrates very well with search engines (and Google in particular). By default, when you search for a given term, LibX will provide a preview of results for that same term by doing an 'All' search in the Duke University Libraries. You can turn this feature off if you prefer.
LibX also will reveal information for any ISBN number that can be found in the Duke Libraries' catalog. For example, if you search for a book title on Amazon.com, scroll down and hover over the ISBN number to see the catalog results.
Finally, by default LibX will search the Duke Libraries for any text that you highlight and right-click on.
You can also configure the right-hand click search options under the 'preferences' of the LibX plugin interface.
Please note: LibX v2 requires Firefox version 5 or greater
Firefox will display a message that reads "Firefox prevented this site (libx.org) from asking you to install software on your computer." Since some browser plugins could potentially be malicious, Firefox prompts with this warning when you attempt to install a new add-ons to it. The open source LibX add-on was developed by Virginia Tech and is in use by many universities around the world, and we believe it not to pose any security or privacy risks.
If you wish to use the LibX add-on, you will need to click the 'Allow' button and permit it to be installed. You will then be prompted by an additional popup window that states "Install Add-ons only from authors whom you trust." Click the 'Install Now' button to allow Firefox to install the plugin. Finally, the brower will need to be restarted.
Once the extension has been installed and the browser restarted, you should see a new tool button icon for LibX to the right of the browser search box.
When you visit the above link, click on the button that reads "Add LibX 2.0 Duke University Libraries LibX 2 to Chrome." You will then see a popup box that warns of the plugin's ability to both "Access your data on all websites" and also "Access your tabs and browsing activity." The open source LibX add-on was developed by Virginia Tech and is in use by many universities around the world, and we believe it not to pose any security or privacy risks.
If you wish to use the LibX add-on, you will need to click the 'Add' button. Chrome will then notify you that "LibX for Google Chrome has been added to Chrome." You can click on the new icon to the right of the search box and start using LibX right away.
For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.
For questions or concerns about this tool, please Ask a Librarian.
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