Answered By: Dana Clark
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2015     Views: 9

How do I use the LibX toolbar?

Using the Mason Library toolbar:

The Mason Library toolbar adds quick access to KSC and Mason Library resources to your browser.  Click on the red K icon in your browser and this window will appear.
This is the Mason Library toolbar.

The left portion of the toolbar contains common links to KSC and Mason Library resources:

Simply click on Links and you’ll be presented with a drop-down menu of links.

As you can see from the image above, the links include (this list can be altered as needed):

    Keene State College
    Mason Library
    MyKSC
    KSC Printing (on campus only)
    Databases
    Research Guides
    Journals
    Interlibrary Loan Request
    Canvas
    Blackboard
    Help
    Keene State Commons

Mason Library Toolbar search functions
Search Keene Link directly:

Click to the right of Search titled Mason Library Catalog which will show a selection for searching the catalog, databases, or online journals.

Type a search term in the text box. The toolbar defaults to Keyword searching but you may add other options by clicking the pull-down icon on the right as I have done here.

We’ll keep the default Keyword search for now.

Click the search button labeled: “Search.”

Search Serials 360 Link directly:

Type a search term in the text box. The toolbar defaults to Journal Title searching but you may add other options by clicking the pull-down icon on the right. Then click on Search.

It will bring you to the Mason Library Journals @ KSC page on the website with your search criteria.

LibX automatically detects and searches for ISSN and ISBN numbers:

The toolbar adds a lot more functionality to your web browser than simply adding a search box.

It reads web pages and anywhere an ISBN or ISSN occurs, a hyperlink will indicate a link to a search of Mason Library resources.

Here I did an Amazon search for Monty Python Speaks!

When I highlighted the ISBN numbers in the Product Details of the book it browser displays a Mason Library search URL on the browser’s lower taskbar.

Clicking the ISBN hyperlink reveals that this particular item is available at both KSC and KPL.

In the References section of a Wikipedia entry, for example, each citation containing an ISSN or ISBN will be converted to a link that will search Mason Library resources.  This behavior will occur anywhere that an ISSN or ISBN appears in a website.

Clicking the shows that this resource is available in Full Text.

Google Scholar:

Highlight a term and right-click over it and you’ll find many search options available to you, including catalog searches, OpenURL searches, as well as Google Scholar. Alternatively you may highlight a term and drag it to either the KSC search or Google Scholar button located on the toolbar.

 

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