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LibX for Boston College

how to find, connect, use

LibX is an add-on for Firefox and Chrome that gives your web browser quick access to Boston College Libraries' electronic resources. With LibX installed in your Firefox or Chrome browser, all the power of the Boston College Libraries' catalog, FindIt full-text finder, Google Scholar, and more are just a click or two away. LibX is not available for Internet Explorer.

For Firefox Browsers:

To install the latest Firefox version of Libx for Boston College, go to the http://libx.org main page.  If you’re searching from a BC computer, LibX will recommend the current Boston College version.  Or, you can search for the proper edition by clicking "search for an edition for my community" and typing Boston College in the search box.

search example

Click the edition name, and the correct version of Libx will be downloaded to your computer.

Libx on Chrome

For Chrome Browsers:

For Chrome browsers, go to the link http://libx.org/releases/gc/install.php Click the “Add LibX 2.0 to Chrome” button, and select the box that says “Boston College Primo Edition”. When the LibX add-on has been installed, a BC icon will be seen in the upper right of the browser’s toolbar. 

Using LibX

There are two ways to search Homes with LibX: by using the LibX Search Box, or by highlighting any word or phrase on any web page.

Using the LibX Search Box

Click the BC icon while browsing any web page to open the LibX search box:

search box

This box lets you specify which fields in Holmes to search.  Enter one or more terms, click the Search button, and Holmes will appear with the results of your search.

You can combine several search terms in a single search.  Add additional fields by clicking the arrow icon that follows each field. 

file

Remove fields by clicking the “x”.

You can customize the behavior of LibX by exploring the Preferences option.

Highlighting Words or Phrases

Highlight any word or phrase on any web page, and then right-click.

Example

While reading the New York Times online, you want to search BC’s catalog for the phrase, “Public Housing.” 

Highlight the phrase, and right-click.

A search box opens that will allow you to search Holmes for the highlighted phrase by Keyword, Title or by several other fields.  Click the desired entry to start the search.

You can also search Google Scholar for the highlighted term without having to open a new browser window.

highlighting example

Embedded "cues" in popular websites

While browsing certain popular web sites, such as Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and several others, you may see book titles marked with a Boston College icon, or "cue."

Amazon example

While browsing Amazon.com, the book “The Art of Worldly Wisdom” has the LibX BC cue following the title.

Click the cue to see if BC owns the book, or to get online access to the item.