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LibX | Addison opensearch plugins | Database search plugins | EndNote | Endnote Web | Library bookmarkets

Here is a list of tools to help you with library research, including searching Addison and databases, off campus access to resources, and managing citations of works for your research projects.


LibX Virginia Tech edition

LibX Virginia Tech Edition is a browser extension that provides direct access to Virginia Tech Library resources. It features:

  • Toolbar and right-click context menu: Search Addison directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.
  • Support for off-campus access via EZProxy: Using the Off Campus Sign In service, 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 uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by the Newman 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.
    To use this feature, you must activate this link in the Firefox profile in which LibX is installed: Activate Google Scholar support. (See also LibX FAQ Question 11)
  • Support for embedded cues: LibX places cues in web pages you visit if the Newman Library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the cue, click on the link to look at what the Newman Library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes and Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in Addison. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages. Watch this screencast for examples of this cool feature.
  • 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 Newman Library holds this book under a different ISBN.

Addison open-search browser plugins 

Add these search plugins to your browser for quick access to several types of searches in Addison, including keyword, title, and author searches.

Database search plugins 

Many databases provide search plugins for your browser to enable quick searching of their contents. Some of these do not work with Off Campus Sign In; you will need to connect to the campus VPN to enable searching from off campus.


EndNote at Virginia Tech

EndNote is a software product that allows researchers to save and organize results of database searches or lists of bibliographic references. There are several similar products (ProCite, Reference Manager, RefWorks, WriteNote, Zotero, and Bookends) that provide the same functionality, but the university has a site license for EndNote only. A web-based product called EndNote Web is also available.

EndNote Web

From the Web of Knowledge portal, you can click on the register for more features link, create an account using your Virginia Tech email address, and then Sign in to access EndNote Web from the portal. If you have previously established an account at the Web of Knowledge portal, you can access EndNote Web without taking any additional steps. Alternatively, go directly to the EndNote Web site and Sign Up for an account. You must use your Virginia Tech email address when you register.


What is a Bookmarklet?

A "Bookmarklet" is a script or short program that that can be installed on your web browser's Bookmarks Toolbar or in your bookmarks/favorites list. If you can't see this toolbar go to your browser's menus and make sure to View->Toolbars->Bookmarks Toolbar is selected if you are using Netscape, Firefox, Safari, or Opera. If you are using Internet Explorer make sure View->Toolbars->Links is selected.

E-Journal Lookup (IE E-Journal Lookup: Internet Explorer version)

Addison Title Lookup (IE Addison Lookup: Internet Explorer version)

VT Proxy  

DOI Lookup ( IE DOI Lookup: Internet Explorer version)

ISBN Lookup

Multiple ISBN Lookup