Answered By: E-library Team
Last Updated: 06 Apr, 2017     Views: 215

Yes, the Library has built an edition of the LibX toolbar. It is an add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers (NB: you may need to enable a pop-up alert before you can install the add-on; Internet Explorer has been dropped as a supported browser). It includes all sorts of things to do with the Library's electronic resources and guides, and it will be particularly useful off campus.

Once installed you will have a button on your toolbar to search all the Library's resources (Library Search), Google Scholar, WorldCat as well as providing quick links to various things like the e-Library resources, the Library website and other services like BlackBoard Learn, Connect and eVision.

Search the Catalogue

With LibX you can use the Library Search facility (or Google Scholar, etc) from any web page:

  1. by dragging-and-dropping text onto the words "Search Brunel University Library" in the LibX toolbar.
  2. or by selecting text, right clicking it, and selecting the appropriate option from the context menu.

Support for off-campus users via our e-Library proxy service

LibX provides off-campus access to the e-Library's electronic resources through the toolbar, not just from the Library's web pages.  You can use LibX's contextual menu from any web page to reload the the resource via Brunel Sign In and the e-Library proxy. If you are prompted to log in, enter your Brunel University Network username and password to access Brunel Library's electronic resources, just as if you were on-campus.

Quick full text access to journal articles

LibX can also search Google Scholar for articles and, if available, links you to an appropriate full text electronic copy via the e-Library's "Article Linker" or to an Open Acess copy in an institutional repository.

Toggling your LibX toolbar off and on

Just toggle the F9 key on your keyboard to turn the LibX toolbar on or off.

Setting up the LibX toolbar

This will be set up by default. If you want to check the settings, go to LibX's Preferences which is a checklist for Brunel's e-Library options.

  • Select the Tab 'Context Menu'
  • Select the Tab 'Proxy'
  • Ensure that the check box ezproxy.brunel.ac.uk is enabled

Once enabled, LibX allows you to access Brunel's subscribed electronic resources and databases. If you right click anywhere on the web page you have arrived at, you will be given the option to reload this page through the e-Library. If it is a subscribed resource, you will gain access. A list of subscriptions is available from the Databases A to Z web link. If it is not subscribed you may be turned away or given access to only an abstract or summary.

Copyright:  LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. LibX was created by Annette Bailey and Godmar Back at Virginia Tech. We trust the LibX developers and we recommend the LibX toolbar.