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LibX Toolbar: UMBC Edition

LibX Toolbar: UMBC Edition is a browser extension (also known as a plug-in or add-on) that provides direct access to the Library's resources from any page on the web. LibX is available for Firefox and Chrome. For help installing LibX see below or contact the Reference Department at




Install LibX UMBC Edition for Firefox

If Firefox displays a message "To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site... from installing software on your computer", press the button labelled "Edit Options..." and click "Allow" to add "" to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click "Ok" or "Close" and click on the "Install LibX " link again. You will need to relaunch Firefox to see the LibX extension.

Google Chrome:

Install LibX UMBC Edition for Google Chrome.

Internet Explorer:

LibX does not support Internet Explorer.


LibX does not support Safari.



UMBC LibX search optionsUse the Library's Quick Searches from any page on the web.

  • UMBC Library Catalog (catalogUSMAI)
  • WorldCat UMBC
  • A-to-Z Journal List
  • Database Finder
  • Google Scholar

Use the open search field and close search field icons to add or remove as many search fields as you need.

The toolbar also provides links to the Library's homepage, the Library Catalog (catalogUSMAI), UMBC Subject Guides, UMBC Research Help Guides, and Ask a UMBC Librarian.

Right-click for Off-Campus Access:

UMBC LibX: right-click page menuWhen searching from off-campus, right-click on a link (or on a page) to reload through the Library's off-campus proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.
NOTE: only those resources subscribed to by UMBC will be accessible via proxy from off-campus.

Right-click Context Menu:

UMBC LibX: right-click page menuHighlight text on a page and use the right-click context menu to search for that text in the library catalog (catalogusmai) or Google Scholar.

Quick full text access to journal articles:

LibX uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by UMBC. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the LibX toolbar icon. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.

NOTE: To use this feature from off-campus, you must set University of Maryland, Baltimore County as your Library Link in Google Scholar Preferences

Copyright & Privacy:

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.

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