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LibX is a browser plugin that adds a toolbar, links and search features to give you easy access to GSU Library resources.

What is LibX?

LibX is a free plug-in program that adds library links and tools to your web browser. It works with IE (Windows only) or Firefox (any operating system) and features:

  • A search toolbar that searches the GSU library catalog (GIL) and other research sites like Google Scholar
  • "Magically" appearing GSU Library links to sites like and Google, and anywhere an ISBN book number appears on a web page
  • Library search choices that appear anywhere you right-click in your browser window
  • An easy way to sign in with your Campus ID to get access to research sites that require GSU authentication

Installing LibX



If Firefox displays this message:

"To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site... from installing software on your computer.", click "Allow" and then "Install."

This extension works with Firefox or Internet Explorer only. It does not work with other browsers such as Opera or Safari.

LibX Features

LibX Georgia State Edition is a browser extension that provides direct access to University Library resources. It features:

Toolbar & right-click context menu: Search GIL directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.

Support for off-campus access via EZProxy: Using the University Library's EZProxy, you may reload a page through the proxy, or follow a link via the proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.

Quick full text access to journal articles: LibX can use Google Scholar to search for articles and direct the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by the University Library. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.


Support for embedded cues: LibX places cues in web pages you visit if the University Library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the GSU "flame" icon, click on the link to look at what the University Library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in GIL. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages.

Support for xISBN: A book title can have different ISBNs for the paperback, the hardcover, even for different editions. LibX supports OCLC's xISBN service: you can find a book, given an ISBN, even if the University Library holds this book under a different ISBN.



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

For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage. LibX is available for customization by other libraries.

Subject Librarian

Jason Puckett
542 Library South (by appointment)


Creative Commons License
This guide is created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.  I encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.