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LibX @ Murphy Library: What is LibX?

A guide to installing and using the LibX toolbar at Murphy Library

What is LibX?

Take Murphy Library with you as you search the internet!  This LibX toolbar links you back to Murphy Library resources and librarians whether you are browsing books at, doing research in Google Scholar, or reading the New York Times online.

LibX Main Features:

  • a toolbar (quickly search Search@UW, Google Scholar, and other resources by title, author, keyword, etc.);
  • a context (right-click) menu (highlight text from any web page or PDF and and right-click for a list of options);
  • Reload any page through the library's proxy server;
  • and embedded links (available on sites like, Google Scholar, NY Times Book Review, Wikipedia, etc.).
LibX 2.0:

Convenient off campus access: When you find an article or other resource that requires a library login before it can be viewed, use LibX to reload the page through the library's proxy server. You'll get right in! See the image below:


Quick full text access to journal articles: LibX uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by Murphy Library. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.

embedded cueSupport for embedded cues: LibX automatically places the UWL UWL symbol  in web pages if Murphy Library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the symbol, click on the link to look at what the library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will link to the book's entry in the library catalog. The symbol is displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages.


Support for xISBN: A book title can have different ISBNs for the paperback, the hardcover, even for different editions. LibX supports OCLC's xISBN service: you can find a book, given an ISBN, even if the library holds this book under a different ISBN.

Copyright: LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech. For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.