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Harvard LibX

Harvard LibX is a browser add-on that allows you to link quickly from content found on the web to access via the Harvard Library’s catalog, e-journals and e-resources.
 

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About Harvard LibX

What is Harvard LibX?

Harvard LibX is a browser add-on that allows you to link quickly from content found on the web to access via the Harvard Library’s catalog, e-journals and e-resources. Use the LibX search boxes to quickly search HOLLIS or HOLLIS Classic, Harvard's e-journal and e-resource lists, Citation Linker, Google Scholar and more. With LibX you can highlight text on a web page and right-click to search it as keywords, title, author or subject words in HOLLIS or Google Scholar.

Use LibX when you find an article on the web that costs money to view. The LibX right-click menu option to “Reload page via Harvard access” lets you find out fast whether Harvard provides access to online full text.

LibX embeds a Harvard shield "cue"  on search results in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more. Click on the shield to find out if Harvard has print or online access to the book. LibX also automatically links ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs on web pages to Harvard's print and e-resources.
 


 

Browser Requirements

What are the browser requirements for LibX 2?


 

Installation

LibX 2
 

For Firefox: To install the Harvard Library LibX 2 Toolbar ("LibX HUL") for HOLLIS:

For Firefox: To install the Harvard Library LibX 2 Toolbar ("LibX HUL") for HOLLIS Classic:

 

For Chrome: To install the Harvard Library LibX 2 Toolbar ("LibX HUL") for HOLLIS:

For Chrome: To install the Harvard Library LibX 2 Toolbar ("LibX HUL") for HOLLIS Classic:

Note: You may need to “Allow pop ups” from the LibX site for the download to complete.

You will see a Harvard shield in the upper right corner of your browser toolbar when the installation is complete. If you see a generic LibX icon, click on the icon and choose the Harvard edition. 


 

LibX Search Options

Why can’t I see the LibX search options?

After you install LibX 2, look for a small red Harvard shield in the upper right of your browser toolbar. Click on the shield to open the LibX search options.

What search options does LibX offer?

LibX adds search boxes that allows you to search HOLLIS or HOLLIS Classic from the toolbar, or switch to search Harvard's e-journal list, e-resources list, Citation Linker or Google Scholar.

Can I search by author or title?

The search tool you choose determines your options. Click on the down arrow to the right of the search box to check for additional search options (author, title, ISBN/ISSN, etc.).

 


 

Right-Click Menu

How does the right-click menu save me time?

With LibX you can highlight text on a web page and right-click to search it as keywords, title, author or subject words in HOLLIS, HOLLIS Classic or Google Scholar. To add or remove options from the right-click menu, click the LibX shield, select Preferences, and open the Context Menu tab.

Google Scholar Tip: Be sure to set "Harvard University - Find It @ Harvard" as your Library Link in Google Scholar Preferences. When you right click to search highlighted text via Google Scholar, Harvard's Find It link will appear in the results.

Can LibX search ISSNs and other numbers?

The right-click menu changes depending on what text is highlighted. If an ISBN is highlighted, you will be offered appropriate ISBN searches. LibX searches ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs.

How can LibX help me get full text of an article I found on the web?

When you find an article on the web and there is a charge to view the full text, use the LibX right-click menu option to “Reload page via Harvard access.” If Harvard provides access to online full text, you’ll be able to access it right from the reloaded page.


 

Embedded Cues

What are LibX cues?

LibX embeds a Harvard shield "cue" on search results in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more. Look for the small red shield near the title of the book, and then click on it to link into Harvard’s catalog to see if the book is available at the Harvard Library.


 

What are LibX autolinks?

LibX recognizes ISSNs, ISBNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs and turns them into autolinks that you may use to search Harvard’s collections for specific books, journals and articles. Linked ISSNs are especially helpful for tracing journals that have changed their titles.


 

Setting Preferences

How do I customize the right-click menu?

To add or remove options from the right-click menu, click the LibX shield, select Preferences, and open the Context Menu tab.


 

Search Tips

LibX & HOLLIS

When you use LibX to search HOLLIS:

  • Keyword searches are performed as "Keywords anywhere"
  • Subject searches are performed as "Subject keywords"
  • Title searches are performed as "Title keywords"
  • Author searches are performed as "Author keywords"
  • ISBN, ISSN, and call number searches are exact

LibX & HOLLIS Classic

When you use LibX to search HOLLIS Classic:

  • Title searches are performed as "Title beginning with..."
    Note: Words in the Title field cannot be combined with words in other fields when using LibX to search HOLLIS Classic.
  • Author searches are performed as "Author keywords"
  • Subject searches are performed as "Subject keywords"
  • ISBN, ISSN and call number searches are exact
  • Call number searches are Library of Congress only

LibX & the E-Journals List

When you use LibX to search the e-journals list:

  • Title searches are performed as "Title keywords"
  • ISSN searches are exact

LibX & the E-Resources List

When you use LibX to search the e-resources list:

  • Title searches are performed as "Title keywords"

LibX & Citation Linker

When you use LibX to search Citation Linker:

  • Journal Title searches are performed as "Journal title keywords"

Phrases

If you highlight a phrase (fiscal policy) and right click to search it in HOLLIS Classic as keywords, the words in the phrase are searched as single words joined by "and" (fiscal and policy). Note that this is the same as the default for searching HOLLIS Classic directly.

To search an exact phrase in HOLLIS Classic, type or drag and drop highlighted text into the HOLLIS Classic search box on the LibX toolbar and add quotes around the phrase ("fiscal policy").

NOTE: Using quotes in HOLLIS will not search a phrase, but will instead turn off word stemming (for example, adding quotes around “fiscal policy” eliminates “fiscal policies” from your results).
 


 

LibX Updates

How do I update LibX?When a LibX update is available, the browser should detect it and prompt you to install the update. 


 

Questions?

Harvard LibXQuestions about Harvard LibX? Use our e-resources help form to contact us.LibXQuestions about the LibX add-on? Visit the LibX Project homepage.