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LibX - Extension for Searching Claremont Colleges Library Resources Directly from Your Browser   Tags: how_to, libx, search_tools, technology, tools  

Info on and link to download/install the LibX Claremont Firefox/Chrome Extension, a great shortcut tool for your searches.
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Install LibX Claremont

LibX 2.0 lets you switch between multiple LibX editions, so if you have access to another LibX library you can easily switch from ours to theirs.


Google Scholar Magic

Highlight text then drag and drop the selected text into the  icon in your toolbar, which will immediately run a Scholar search.


LibX Statistics

LibX Claremont has had total downloads since it was created!

What is LibX?

  • Browser/Toolbar Search: LibX is a Firefox/Chrome extension that allows you to quickly search the Blais catalog, Sherlock, Link+ Catalog, Google Scholar, the E-Journals List, and Open WorldCat directly from your browser
  • Right-click context menu: when you have installed LibX you can highlight text on a web page or PDF and right-click for a menu of search options
  • Embedded links: LibX will also embed the Get This Item button on search results in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, NYT Book Reviews, Open WorldCat and more that will lead you to Claremont-only resources


More About the Browser/Toolbar Search

Click the  icon on the upper right of your browser to open the LibX search box.

Blais catalog is the default, but you can click on the arrow next to the database name to switch to Sherlock, the E-Journals List, Open WorldCat or Google Scholar.

You can search by multiple terms in different fields (author, title, ISBN/ISSN, call number.) and by clicking on the down arrow down arrow you can add additional search boxes. Which fields can be searched changes based on which database is being searched.


More About the Right Click Context Menu

Highlight text on a web page or PDF document and right-click (or control-click for Mac users) to get the context menu:

From this menu you can:

  • directly search Blais or Google Scholar (try this with a citation you need!)
  • get off-campus access to Claremont-only resources by reloading the page via our ez-proxy server.

Alternatively, instead of right-clicking, you can drag and drop the selected text into the  icon in your toolbar, which will immediately run a Scholar search.

Also, the context menu will change, depending on what text is highlighted. For instance, if an ISBN is selected, you will be offered appropriate ISBN searches.

Use the preferences link to change which search options show up in the context menu:


More About the Embedded Links

3. Embedded links: within Amazon, Barnes & Noble, NYT Book Reviews, etc.

LibX places the cue Mr Blais in web pages such as:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • New York Times Book Reviews and more...
  • Open WorldCat (

    Click on the cue to see if Claremont owns the book or get online access to the article.



    Copyright/Privacy Info


    LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.


    By using this extension you may send the URL of pages you are currently visiting to your library's catalog server. Such information is sent only if you are actively using the extension; it is never sent automatically. If you wish to avoid this you must turn off the referrer URL by setting network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0 in your preferences.

    In addition, you may be sending information such as ISBN and ISSN numbers to OCLC, DOIs to CrossRef's server, and PubMed IDs to the PubMed server in order to retrieve metadata information. If configured for your edition, you may also send URLs to your library's EZProxy to determine whether the current page can be proxied when using the right-click context menu. Use the LibX -> Preferences panel to turn these services off if desired.

    For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.

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