Thursday, August 14, 2008

Easier access to e-resources off-campus - LibX toolbar

Much as we like to encourage you to start your off-campus searches from the library catalogue or the library's e-resources pages, especially since Athens was withdrawn, we know that lots of you like to start from places like Google Scholar, Pubmed or ScienceDirect. The problem is that these sites lead you to full-text articles that you cannot access because the sites don't know that you are a member of the University of Liverpool.

Our new LibX toolbar for Firefox gets around this problem. At any point you can right-click on a web page and choose to reload it via EZproxy. You'll be taken to our EZproxy login page and then back to the page you were at, but now as an authenticated University of Liverpool user with access to full-text. Alternatively, you can right-click on a link and choose to access the link via EZproxy.

The LibX toolbar offers many other features. It gives you a toolbar to search the library catalogue; it adds find it @ liverpool links to Google Scholar; it turns every PMID in PubMed into a find it @ liverpool link; it adds 'cues' to sites like Amazon.com so you can find it if the library has a book you have found; and you can select text on a page and search for it in the library catalogue or in Google Scholar.

To install LibX and to find out more about its features, see http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/electron/libx.html. If you do not currently use Firefiox you can install it for free from http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox/.