LibX toolbar

What is a LibX toolbar?

The LibX toolbar is a plugin which permits you to access the Library’s resources and services directly inside your web browser. Our Library’s LibX toolbar is available for Firefox and Chrome. This toolbar is based on a joint project by Virginia Tech and other university libraries. More information about this collaborative project can be found at the following website: libx.org

Installing LibX toolbar for Chrome Logo

Click here to download the toolbar. Its installation requires following the steps as outlined below.

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The BiblioPoly icon now appears to the right of the navigation bar.

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Installing LibX toolbar for Firefox Logo

Click here to download the toolbar. Its installation starts by clicking on the Install Now button.

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Restart Firefox.

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The BiblioPoly icon now appears to the right of the navigation bar.

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Searching the Library catalogue and various databases

When you click on the  BiblioPoly icon, the LibX search box is displayed.  The BiblioPoly icon appears to the right of the navigation bar.

In Firefox, you can also use the shortcut key F9 to display this search box.

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You can now search directly the Library catalogue and various databases: Compendex, Google Scholar, IEEE Xplore, INSPEC and Web of Science.

To start a search, click on the Search button. You must choose the appropriate resource to search, either the library catalogue or a database.

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You must also choose the desired index for your search terms.

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For more complex searches, you can also add more indexes/search terms by clicking on bouton

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The various indexes are listed by resource below:

Livres Index (Tous), Auteur, Titre, ISBN
Articles et plus Index (Tous), Auteur, Titre, ISSN, ISBN
Revues A-Z Index (Tous)
Compendex Index (Tous)
IEEE Xplore Index (Tous)
INSPEC Index (Tous)
Web of Science Index (Tous)
Google Scholar Index (Tous)

Click on the Search button to launch your search.

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To erase your search terms, click on the Reset  fields button.  Your last search is saved by default when closing the LibX toolbar. You can modify this option in the Browser tab of the Preferences option.

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Accessing the Library’s most popular virtual services

By clicking on Links, you can directly access the most popular pages of the Library’s website. For example, you can reserve a group study room, renew your borrowed documents, consult our subject guides, etc.

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Using the LibX contextual menu option

Whichever website you visit in your browser, the LibX contextual menu option is available and allows you to launch a search. You just need to highlight the search term(s), use your mouse right click button and choose the appropriate resource to search. As with the LibX search box, you can choose either the library catalogue or a database. See the example below.

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This list of resources can be personalized to your individual LibX installation. In the Context Menu tab of the Preferences option, click on which index(es) should display according to each resource (library catalogue or database).

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Checking if the Library owns a certain document

The LibX toolbar is automatically inserted into other non-library websites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, Archambault, etc. When you click on the   Logo icon beside a title, a search is done in the Library catalogue to see if this title is owned by the Library. The search is done by ISBN and the document’s availability is also displayed in the Library catalogue.

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In addition, the LibX toolbar automatically transforms certain standardized numbers (ISBN, ISSN, DOI & PMID) into search hyperlinks. You just have to click on the hyperlinked ISBN to launch a search in the Library catalogue.

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Doing a quick search with Google Scholar

To do a quick search in Google Scholar, you just need to highlight the desired search term(s) and drop them onto the BiblioPoly icon.  When you release your left mouse button, the search results now appear in Google Scholar.

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With the example above, the hyperlink Document @ PolyMtl in Google Scholar also allows you to find the document full-text (if available).

Need help with your LibX toolbar?

If you have any questions or comments about the BiblioPoly LibX toolbar, please don’t hesitate to contact us: Reference Service.