The Empire State College LibX toolbar is a tiny app that will make searching in and using the library easier and more convenient. When you download it, it automatically installs itself into your browser (either Chrome or Firefox) where it looks like this:
Quick links to frequently-needed Library pages
One of LibX’s features is that it gives you quick access to the library. You don’t need to remember URLs or click through the college web site to find it.
Instant access to the Ebook Catalog
LibX allows you to search the Ebook Catalog right from the toolbar. Enter a single keyword, or use multiple keywords and Boolean Operators, and the toolbar will take you right to your search results in the catalog.
Instant access to library full-text articles through Google Scholar
LibX also lets you search Google Scholar in such a way that links to full-text articles in the Library’s databases show up in your search results. It works much the same way as Book Search.
Highlight text and right click to search it
Does the article you’re reading mention a book that looks interesting? Does the web site you’re on mention an author your should check out? Is there a quote that says exactly what you’re looking for and you want to find its original source? Just highlight it and right click – one of the menu items will be LibX. Select that and it will give you the option of searching Books and Google Scholar. (Ignore the one that says ArticleLinker; our library doesn’t currently have that configured for item-level search.)
Don’t buy that book – the library has it!
If the LibX toolbar detects that the library has access to an item that you’re looking at on a web page (like Amazon.com) it will put a little blue L icon next to it. That way you don’t accidentally buy something that you could have gotten for free.
Install the LibX Toolbar
If this looks like something that would be useful to you, you can install the toolbar by going to the Empire State College LibX edition page.