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RPI LibX Toolbar

Posted: Jan 17, 2013

What is LibX?

LibX (RPI Edition) is a toolbar that provides direct access to Rensselaer Libraries' resources. LibX can search the Rensselaer catalog, Connect NY, and Google Scholar from anywhere on the web.




LibX supports both Internet Explorer and Firefox. LibX for Internet Explorer requires that .Net 2.0 or later is installed. The current version of .Net can be installed via Windows Update.

Basic Features

Search with the toolbar

You can use the LibX toolbar to find library resources from anywhere on the web. Simply enter keywords in the toolbar or create complex search strings by adding multiple search fields.

Search with the context menu

Right-click on titles, authors, ISBNs, and other keywords and LibX will present search options within the context menu.


Try it out. After installing LibX, highlight and right-click on any of the following search terms. LibX will present customized search options for each term. Notice LibX also creates autolinks for terms that it recognizes. The ISBN number below should appear as an autolink that will run a search when it is selected.

  • James Joyce
  • 0060912790
  • Circuits

Access full-text articles with Google Scholar and Get it @ RPI

LibX can use Google Scholar to search for articles and direct you to the electronic copy subscribed to by the Rensselaer Libraries. To search with Google Scholar, select "Search Google Scholar" from the drop down menu on the tool bar. The RPI icon shown in the sample result below indicates a link to the full-text article.


Advanced Features

The Scholar Button


Select the title of a journal article, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the right-hand side of the LibX toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.

Try it out. After installing LibX, select the title below and drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button in your browser.

  • HOMPACK90: A suite of FORTRAN 90 codes for globally convergent homotopy algorithms


LibX places cues in web pages you visit if the Rensselaer Libraries have resources related to that page. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in RPI's catalog. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the New York Times Book Review, and other pages.

Off-campus access via EZproxy

Using the Rensselaer Libraries' EZproxy, you may reload a page through the proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer. Simply right-click on the page you want to load through the proxy and select either Reload via RPI Libraries Proxy Server.

COinS Support

LibX supports COinS, which can turn certain hidden SPAN tags inserted by authors or publishers into actionable OpenURL links. More information on COinS.

xISBN Support

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 Rensselaer Libraries hold this book under a different ISBN.


LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Godmar Back of Virginia Tech. The RPI edition of LibX was adapted for Rensselaer's use by Glen Wiley and is maintained by Katie Dunn (


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.

For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage. LibX is available for customization by other libraries.

This page is maintained by Katie Dunn.

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