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LibX @ Van Wylen Library: What is LibX?

What is LibX?

Take Van Wylen Library with you as you search the internet!  This LibX toolbar links you back to library resources and librarians whether you are browsing books at, doing research in Google Scholar, or reading the New York Times online.

LibX Main Features:

  • a toolbar (quickly search the MightyFind, Google Scholar, and other resources by title, author, keyword, etc.);
  • a 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 for quick off-campus access;
  • and embedded links (available on sites like, Google Scholar, NY Times Book Review, Wikipedia, etc.).

Convenient off-campus access: When you find a resource that requires a library login before it can be viewed, use LibX to reload the page through the library's proxy server. You'll get right in! See the image below:


DOI Lookup with OAdoi: Looking for an open access version of an article? Paste a doi into the toolbar  to search OAdoi:

or, use LibX's context menu to search for the doi without ever leaving your web page:

Select a doi, Right-click, and search OAdoi to locate an open access version of an article. 

Please note that not all articles have open access versions that OAdoi can discover.

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 Murphy 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 automatically places the Van Wylen Library icon   in web pages if the library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the symbol, click on the link to look at what the library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will link to the book's entry in the library catalog. The symbol is displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages.

Copyright: LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech. For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.

Questions about the library toolbar?  Please ask Jen Holman, Electronic Resources Librarian.

Jen Holman

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Jenifer Holman
Electronic Resources Librarian,
Van Wylen Library
Hope College