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How to install and use the LibX Concordia browser extension

What is LibX Concordia and what can it do?

LibX Concordia is a browser extension for Firefox that keeps Concordia Libraries' resources a few keystrokes away no matter where you are wandering on the web. With LibX installed, you can use features such as your mouse's right-click button and a toolbar search box to quickly or automatically do things like:

  • launch a Google Scholar search for an article referenced in a PDF document or web page and directly connect to it if Concordia subscribes
  • "reload" the full text of subscription-based resources through your MyCLUES login.
  • Click on an ISSN, ISBN or DOI on any webpage to search our collections

Toolbar search box

Once installed, LibX Concordia will add a search box for our CLUES library catalogue to the top of your browser:
LibX toolbar

You can use the default Keyword option, or instead choose a Title, Author, Subject, ISBN or Call Number search:
LibX author search

The toolbar also includes a Google Scholar button described below.

Hide/show toolbar: if you don't like the toolbar search box but want to use the other LibX functionalities described below, you can make the box disappear by pressing the F9 key on a PC, or Ctrl-F6 on a Mac.

Right-click to search CLUES and more

LibX Concordia allows you to use the right-click button to automatically launch a CLUES or Google Scholar search on selected text from a web page. After highlighting the text you want and using the right-click button, you will get a menu like this:

LibX right click menu options

From here you can:

  • directly search CLUES or Google Scholar for the terms you have highlighted
  • reload the whole page, regardless of what you typed, to automatically reconnect using your MyCLUES login

Right-click to Access Full Text via the MyCLUES login

Note that if you use the Concordia VPN service to connect to resources from home you will not need to make use of this particular LibX Concordia feature.

If you are searching for online journal articles from home and arrive at a page that asks you for a username and password or an access fee, just right-click on the page and select "Reload... via Concordia Off-Campus Acccess":

LibX off campus reload

If the publisher is in our list of Concordia subscriptions, you will then be prompted, via the MyCLUES login screen, for your netname and password. If Concordia subscribes to the journal in question, the page should then automatically reload with the full text of the article.

Or instead of reloading, you can invoke the off-campus MyCLUES prompt directly from a results list. Just right-click on the link to the resource you want and select "Go to... via Concordia Off-Campus Acccess":

LibX off campus reload

Links to Concordia resources

LibX recognizes certain standard document codes (ISBN, ISSN, and DOI [Digital Object Identifier]) and turns them into search links. Even if you are not certain what the codes mean, clicking on these embedded links will automatically launch a search for Concordia resources via CLUES (for books) or Findit@Concordia (for journal articles).

Google Scholar button

In addition to offering the right-click Google Scholar search feature, LibX Concordia allows you to search for for almost any highlighted text - even in a PDF document - by 'dragging and dropping' the text onto a Scholar toolbar button. This usually proves most useful with article titles, as in this example:

LibX Scholar drag and drop

Dragging and dropping the highlighted title onto the Scholar button as shown here will automatically launch a Google Scholar search for the highlighted terms, and should also automatically trigger a Findit@Concordia search for the article in question. If it doesn't, you can simply click on the Findit@Concordia link in the Google Scholar results page. Note that either way you will first have to set up your Google Scholar to use Findit@Concordia.

You can also bypass the Findit@Concordia process altogether by connecting to the Internet via the Concordia VPN and simply clicking on the title of the article you want in Google Scholar, or by using the LibX Concordia right-click to access full-text feature described above.

Troubleshooting & Help

For help with downloading see the Install LibX Concordia page.

If some options or functions do not seem to be working, try taking a look at the LibX Preferences: click on "LibX Concordia" at the top of the toolbar and select "LibX Preferences". All check boxes under all tabs should by default be selected (except "Contact EZProxy...." under "AJAX options"). Also make sure Autolink pages is selected under the "LibX Concordia" main menu.

page last updated on: Thursday 28 August 2014
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