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Easy searching with McGill’s LibX toolbar

Posted by Megan on July 15, 2009

The McGill Library recently launched our own LibX toolbar. The toolbar, which can be installed in Internet Explorer or Firefox, allows you to search for library resources from any web page. LibX can be downloaded from the library’s website.

LibX also gives you visual cues notifying you that content you are looking at might be available through the library.

For example, the McGill crest appears beside books listed on Amazon and other popular websites. Click on the crest to search the library catalogue for the title (a new browser window will open).

McGill crest in Amazon. Click to search library catalogue.

McGill crest in Amazon. Click to search library catalogue.

You can also highlight text on any web page and then right click on your mouse to get a search menu. You can then search the library catalogue or Google Scholar for the highlighted text. This can be very useful, for example, if you find a citation online and want to find out if McGill has the book or journal. You can search for titles, authors, or general keywords.

Right click to search for highlighted text.

Right click to search for highlighted text.

Once you have downloaded the LibX toolbar, be sure to watch the two short tutorial videos.

Happy surfing!

Via McGill Library blog, Howard Ross Library of Management


2 Responses to “Easy searching with McGill’s LibX toolbar”

  1. […] Unlike the library’s research databases, it does not include abstracts or subject keywords, but it is still useful for identifying sources on conflict resolution and peace studies. The text-only listings are also a perfect place to make use of the McGill Library’s LibX toolbar. LibX allows you to search the library catalogue right from your web browser. Once it is installed, you can highlight text to launch a search of the catalogue. I wrote more about LibX here. […]

  2. […] I also wrote more about LibX in this post. […]

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