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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

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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 access to search tools
  • Support for off-campus access via Off Campus Sign In
  • Quick full text access to journal articles
  • Support for embedded cues on sites like Amazon and Google Scholar
  • Support for xISBN

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 bibliographic manager software allows researchers to save and organize results of database searches or lists of bibliographic references. A web-based product called EndNote Online is also available.

The university's site license for EndNote will end on May 1, 2017. After this date, EndNote will be available for individual purchase through Software Distribution, just like Microsoft and Adobe software packages. Access to the free version of EndNote Online will continue. We recommend users consider one of the freely available citation managers like Zotero or Mendeley.


EndNote Online

EndNote Online is the cloud-based version of EndNote. There is a free version anyone (including alumni) can use; students, faculty, and staff have access to the full version of EndNote web (that can sync with your installed desktop version) because of our subscription to Web of Science. You can install browser extensions to ease access to your EndNote libraries while searching online.


Library bookmarklets

A bookmarklet is a script or short program that that can be installed on your web browser's bookmarks toolbar. Once installed, you can select text and use the bookmarklet to lookup or act on that text.