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LibX: LibX

A browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox, that lets you quickly search our Catalogue or CrossSearch, or find out if a title in any bookstore is available in the Library.

What is LibX?

  • The University of Sydney LibX is a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome that lets you quickly search our Catalogue or CrossSearch, or find out if a title in any bookstore is available in the Library.


  • 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 your Library. 


  • After you install LibX, look for a small  shield in the upper right corner of your browser toolbar.





Click on the shield to open LibX search box and then click on the arrow after "SEARCH" to open  the search options available in your browser toolbar.






Right-click menu:

With LibX you can highlight text on a web page and right-click to search it as keywords, title, author or subject words in the Library Catalogue, CrossSearch,  or Google Scholar. 


Embedded Cues

LibX embeds a University of Sydney shield "cue" on search results in Amazon and Barnes & Noble online book sites. Look for the small  shield near the title of the book, and then click on it to link into The University of Sydney's Catalogue and see if the book is available here.







Google Scholar:

Be sure to set The University of Sydney as your Library Links in Google Scholar Preferences. When you right click to search highlighted text via Google Scholar, @ University of Sydney links will appear in the results.




chrome  Click here to install The University of Sydney LibX for Chrome.


Chrome Installation:

Double-click on the above link, it will pop-up a box similar to the following:


Then click on Add and it will install the plugin to your Chrome browser.

(Note: LibX does not currently work with Firefox due to a major change by Firefox in the way it handles add-ons. We will update this page when LibX has a new version available. In the meantime, we recommend using LibX for Chrome).


LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License.The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.


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.

In addition, you may be sending information such as ISBN and ISSN numbers to OCLC, DOIs to CrossRef's server, and PubMed IDs to the PubMed server in order to retrieve metadata information. If configured for your edition, you may also send URLs to your library's EZProxy to determine whether the current page can be proxied when using the right-click context menu. Use the LibX -> Preferences panel to turn these services off if desired.

Known Issue:


You will get an error page if you attempt to EZproxy via LibX any non-academic resource websites or any resources that have not been added to the Library resource list.


For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.