What is LibX?

  1. A toolbar: LibX is a toolbar  (sometimes called a browser plug-in or extension) that allows you to quickly search the FDU Library’s online catalog (CoolCATNJ), the Journal Locator, our digital collections, Google Scholar, Google Books and other search tools.
  2. Right-click menu: when you have installed LibX you can highlight text on a web page or PDF and right-click for a menu of search options.
  3. Embedded links: LibX will also embed links on search results in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Scholar, NYT Book Reviews, and more that will lead you to FDU resources.

1. Toolbar: Enter search words in the box in the LibX toolbar; the FDU Library Catalog is the default, but you can switch to other catalogs or to Google Books. You can search by multiple terms in different fields (author, title, subject, ISBN/ISSN, etc.) and by clicking on the down arrow you can add additional search boxes. Which field can be searched changes based on which database is being searched. You can also use the toolbar to go directly to the library’s homepage, the A-Z list of databases, and to other important library webpages.

FDU Toolbar

FDU Toolbar

2. Right-click menu: Highlight text on a web page or PDF document and right-click to get the following menu:

From this menu you can:

  • directly search the FDU Library Catalog, the Journal Locator, our digital collections, or other sites.
  • get off-campus access to FDU resources by reloading the page via our proxy server.

Note: you may need to configure the Context Menu, in the LibX Preferences, after installing the toolbar to select the options you want available when you right-click.

Alternatively, instead of right-clicking, you can drag and drop the selected text into the search box on the toolbar, or directly onto the Google Scholar button (which will immediately run a Google Scholar search).

Also, the context menu will change, depending on what text is highlighted. For example, if an ISBN # is selected, you will be offered appropriate ISBN searches.

3. Embedded links: within Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Scholar, NYT Book Reviews, etc. LibX places the FDU logo, , in these webpages, although, with Google Scholar you must select FDU as your library in Google Scholar Preferences). Click on the FDU logo to see if FDU owns the book or to get online access to the article.

How do I Install the FDU LibX Toolbar?

Nothing could be easier, visit the link below depending on which browser you use.

Note: The Firefox version works on Windows, MAC OS X and Linux.

Click here to install LibX Fairleigh Dickinson University Edition Version 1.5.5 for Firefox
Click here to install LibX Fairleigh Dickinson University Edition Version 1.5.5 for Internet Explorer

Problems Installing the Plug-in?

If Firefox displays a message “To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site… from installing software on your computer.”, press the button labelled “Edit Options…” and click “Allow” add libx.org to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click “Ok” and visit the “Install” link again.

This extension works with Firefox and Internet Explorer. It does not work with other browsers such as Opera or Safari. The Firefox version has been tested with Firefox versions 1.5 – on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh OS-X. Versions built after April 2008 also support Firefox 3.0. The Internet Explorer version has been tested with Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP and Windows Vista.

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


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.

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.

For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.