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LibX QuickStart Guide

LibX is a Firefox plugin that helps you conduct your research more quickly and efficiently. It allows you to:

  • Search library catalogs (such as SearchWorks, Socrates, and WorldCat) from the toolbar
  • Drag-and-drop citations onto a "magic button", that will then pull up the article or book for you from Stanford-accessible database(s)
  • For easier off-campus access to some sites, right-click to "reload via EZProxy"

Installing LibX

  1. Go to the home page for the Stanford University edition of LibX.
  2. Click the link that says, "Click here to install LibX Stanford University Edition Version 1.x.x"
    Installation Link
  3. You'll get a warning that reads, "Firefox prevented this site ( from asking you to install software on your computer." Click the Allow button.
    Firefox Warning
  4. After a brief delay, click Install Now
    Firefox Install Now dialog box
  5. Click Restart Firefox to finish installing LibX.
    Restart Firefox
  6. After restarting Firefox, a privacy notice will appear. Click OK to enable LibX.
    Privacy notice dialog box
  7. Woo hoo - LibX is installed! Let's use it!

Using LibX with SearchWorks

From the Toolbar

The simplest way to use LibX is to perform searches directly in the toolbar. If you're looking for the Handbook of International School Psychology:

  1. Type "handbook of international school psychology" in the search field
  2. Choose Title from the dropdown menu on the left
  3. Click Search Searchworks on the right
  4. Bam! You're taken directly to the item record in SearchWorks

Combined Searches

If you click the little blue arrow button Add Search Fields to the right of the search field, you can add additional search fields to create combined searches.
Combined Search


If you don't want to type in the search field, you can drag-and-drop text on to the Search Searchworks button to perform a keyword search. Highlight the text on each line below (outlined for your benefit), and then drag it onto the Search Searchworks button.

  • The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology
  • Damon, William
  • Harvard Educational Review
  • Child Development
  • 0224020404

Using LibX with Other Catalogs

You can search other library catalogs from LibX as well. Click the small down arrow next to "Search Searchworks" and choose another catalog (e.g., UC Berkeley):

screenshot of drop-down menu

Additional Catalogs and Resources Available

  1. Socrates: Socrates is Stanford's legacy catalog.
  2. Google Books: Search the entire Google Books collection
  3. Google Scholar: Google Scholar provides a comprehensive search of academic literature. You can search Google Scholar directly from the toolbar; however, a more powerful method is to use the "Magic Button", detailed below.
  4. Hathi Trust Digital Library: A "digital repository of the nation's great research libraries", Hathi Trust has resources from 30+ research institutions. Full access limited to current regular faculty, students, and staff.
  5. Stanford E-Journals: Use this to find electronic journal titles available through the Stanford Libraries. Note that this searches only journals that we have available in electronic format; for print versions of journals, use SearchWorks or SearchWorks.
  6. UC Berkeley: Search the catalog at Berkeley to quickly receive items via RLCP.
  7. WorldCat (free): WorldCat "lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world." When you're trying to find a title that Stanford does not own, WorldCat can tell you what libraries own it. This information can be helpful in deciding whether to make an RLCP or regular Interlibrary Borrowing request, or if you wish to take a trip to your local public library for a book.
  8. WorldCat (subscription): The subscription version of WorldCat offers advanced search information and more detailed search options. It is available from computers on the Stanford network or via EZProxy from off-campus.

LibX Embedded Cues and Autolinks

Embedded Cues

On sites such as and, LibX places a small "cue" like this (LibX cue) next to book titles. You can click that cue and it will look the item up in SearchWorks. Try it below:


If LibX detects what appears to be an ISBN or ISSN in a webpage, it will automatically turn that number into a hyperlink. Clicking the hyperlink will allow you to search that ISBN/ISSN in SearchWorks. Try it yourself!

  • 0162-3737
  • 0362-6784
  • 0009-3920
  • 0002-8312
  • 0162-3532
  • 9780252032004
  • 9780231141208
  • 0271025212

LibX Contextual Menus

Contextual Menu
You also can search SearchWorks by Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, or Call Number from a contextual menu. Simply highlight the text, right-click it (control-click on a Mac), and choose the appropriate search. Note that LibX even attempts to put author names into Lastname Firstname order.

(Note that you can configure LibX to use any of the available catalogs for the contextual menu in the LibX preferences.)

  • Teachers as cultural workers : letters to those who dare teach (title search)
  • David Perkins (author search)
  • Analysis of variance (subject search)

The Google Scholar or "Magic Button"

Saving the best for last, the "magic button" is a drag-and-drop SFX resolver. What does that mean? If you drag-and-drop the article title (highlighted below), LibX will search Google Scholar for the article. It will then attempt to locate the article in a database that you have access to through the Stanford Libraries. One more click and you often can have the article in full-text. Try it out!

  • Cook, T.D. (2002). Randomized experiments in educational policy research: A critical examination of the reasons that the educational evaluation community has offered for not doing them. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 24(3), 175-199.

Even more amazing, this works from PDFs, MS Word, and text editors as well.

Scroll down to the References section of the "Randomized experiments in educational policy research" article and find the second entry by the author Campbell (Cognitive and school outcomes...). Highlight the title of the article in the PDF, then click-and-drag the highlighted text from the PDF onto the Scholar button (this sometimes takes some creative arrangement of application windows). Doing so brings up a Find-it-at-Stanford link to the article in JSTOR, where you can read it online in full-text.

Finally, if a version of the article is available in a non-restricted area of the web, LibX will pull it up for you directly. Try it with the citation below.

  • Benton, N., & Cambridge, U. K. (2003). Jingle bells: Solving the santa claus problem in polyphonic c#. Technical report, Microsoft Research, 2003.
Now that's magic!

Accessing Restricted Sites from Off-Campus via EZProxy

This feature is beautiful in its simplicity; however, it will only work if you are off-campus. Right-click the ERIC link below and choose "Go to via EZProxy". Enter your SUNet ID and password at the WebLogin screen, and you're browsing ERIC just as if you were on campus.

You also can right-click on a blank area of the screen to reload the current page via EZProxy. Try it by clicking the Education Full Text link below normally, then right-clicking in a blank area of the page to reload it via EZProxy.

Not all databases are supported by EZProxy, but SUL maintains a list of available sites.

More LibX Resources

As you can see, LibX is very helpful. Some more resources are listed below to help you get the most out of LibX.