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Last Updated: Oct 11, 2013 Guide URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is LibX?

LibX UCSC is a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome that provides direct access to UCSC Library resources.


Toolbar Button to Search Cruzcat, Melvyl, and More

Click the green "UL" button UL button in your browser toolbar to get direct access to Cruzcat, the UCSC Library Catalog. Search by entering terms without having to navigate to the UCSC Library page.

Click the UL button

To change catalogs, click "Cruzcat" and select Melvyl (the UC-wide library catalog), the UCSC Online Journals List, UC-eLinks, or Google Scholar from the drop-down menu to search in one of these systems.


Reload a Page Through Off-Campus Access

The browser toolbar button can also be used to quickly reload a webpage through Off-Campus Access. Click the green "UL" button and then select "Proxies" then click the "Reload page with this proxy" link.

Click Proxies then Reload page link

More information about how to use off-campus access


Right Click Context Menu

Select any words on any web page or browser-viewed PDF and right-click (control-click for Mac) to search for those words in Cruzcat, UC-eLinks, or Google Scholar.

Note for Chrome: right click, then select "LibX for Google Chrome" to see the right click context menu

Right click menu options

Try it!
Highlight each item below, one at a time, right-click to see the search options, then select the indicated search option

  • A conservative walks into a bar: the politics of political humor   --use the "Search Cruzcat for Title" search option
  • Aptheker, Bettina   --use the "Search Cruzcat for Author" search option
  • Local Pancake Defeats Axis of Evil   --use the "Search Google Scholar" search option



Pop Up Citations for linked ISBNs, DOIs, and PubMed

LibX recognizes ISBN, ISSN, DOI, or PubMed ID (PMID) and will automatically link these to the resource, when available, through Cruzcat or UC-eLinks. You can also hover over the link to see a pop-up bubble showing the full citation.

Citation pop up

Try it!
Hover over each of the links below to see the associated citation then click the link to access the resource

  • PMID: 11124178
  • 10.1017/S1477175613000158
  • 9780300122992

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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.


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