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LibX RIT Edition is a Firefox and Chrome extension that provides direct access to RIT Library resources
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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What is LibX?

LibX is an add-on for Firefox or Chrome that helps you connect to the library's resources directly while browsing the web.  


Install LibX For Firefox


Special instructions for Firefox: Choose to allow Firefox to install software from when prompted, then proceed with the installation and restart Firefox when prompted


Install LibX For Chrome


Special instructions for Chrome:

The installation link above installs the generic LibX for Google Chrome extension.  After approving the installation of the extension from the Chrome store, run the extension by clicking the "LibX 2.0" button to the right of the address bar.  You will be asked to choose or search for an edition of LibX that matches to a specific library.  Search for the "RIT Edition" and load this edition.  You'll now be able to use LibX for RIT.


Copyright Information

LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public Licence.  The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.  For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Project Homepage.  LibX can be customized by any library.


Search Information Sources

After you install LibX RIT Edition, you will see an icon in your browser that looks like this:

Simply click the icon to open LibX.  This activates the search box:

LibX RIT Edition allows you to search four different sources:

Toggle your search source by clicking on the name of that source above the search box.  In addition to a simple Word search, you may choose to search a specific field within these sources, such as Title or Author.


Connect To RIT Subscribed Resources

Use LibX to find out whether the RIT Libraries subscribe to specific articles.  By highlighting a title in the text of a web page and right mouse clicking (Ctrl+click if you are using a Mac), you can pull up a context menu that allows you to search RIT Librarie's "MORE" for subscription access.  You can also highlight an author name and search the RIT Libraries Catalog and Google Scholar from this context menu.

Pulling up the context menu also allows you to reload a website via the RIT Libraries proxy server.  The proxy server allows you to use your RIT username and password to authenticate to a subscribed library resource, such as a full-text online journal, from off campus.  Right mouse click (Ctrl+click on a Mac) anywhere in the page to pull up the context menu - then select the following option:


Embedded LibX Functions

When you have LibX installed in your browser, you'll start to see cues embedded in certain information-rich web pages.  The example above is from Amazon - notice how the ISBNs have turned into links.  Click on the ISBN to use LibX to automatically find out if the RIT Libraries have this book.  Other websites that display ISBNs may also work with LibX in this way.

This automatic ISBN linking works because LibX supports OCLC's xISBN service.

LibX also supports COinS, which can change certain hidden HTML tags within web pages into OpenURL links.

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