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How to Install and Use the McKillop LibX Toolbar for Firefox

The McKillop LibX Toolbar is a browser add-on for Firefox (Windows & Mac) that keeps McKillop Library's resources closeby no matter where you are on the Web. With LibX installed, you can use features such as the toolbar search box, right-click menus, and a McKillop Library "cue" icon to find materials in one of the HELIN libraries (or even worldwide).

The "cue" icon looks like this: library icon

Installing the McKillop LibX Toolbar

1. Click here to install McKillop Library LibX Toolbar for Firefox (Need Firefox? Click here).
2. Click " Allow "
3. Click " Install "
4. Restart Firefox
5. The toolbar should now be visible just under the address bar. If the toolbar is not visible, you can show/hide the toolbar by using the F9 key while in Firefox.

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Using the McKillop Libx Toolbar

Once installed, the McKillop LibX Toolbar search box will be added to the top of your browser.

On the left is a list of useful links (library home page, library hours, databases, etc):

quick links

To search for an item in the library's catalog, you can use the default Keyword option or choose Title, Author, Subject, ISBN/ISSN or Call Number from the drop-down menu.

For example, here's a keyword search for "global warming: "

keyword search

By clicking on the small arrow to the right of the search bar, you can also construct advanced searches. Here's a sample search for Author and Title:

advanced search

You can also search libraries Worldwide with Worldcat (by clicking on the arrow next to " Search Library Catalog " and then choosing " Search Libraries Worldwide "):

worldcat

worldcat



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Special Features: Using the Right-Click and Magic Scholar Button Features

While on a Web page, you can highlight any text and then right-click to automatiaclly bring up a search menu:

highlight

You can also highlight and drag text to the Scholar button on the far right side of the toolbar to automatically perform a Google Scholar search:

scholar

And here's the result:
scholar

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Using McKillop LibX Cues

McKillop LibX inserts a " cue " (denoted by this icon library icon) on some Web pages to help you quicly search the library catalog for that item. Here are some examples:

Find the cue on:

--Amazon.com*:

amazon

--Abe Books*:

abe books

--New York Times Book Review*:

ny times

--Yahoo!


yahoo

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Why do I sometimes get " No Matches Found " messages?

*If you use the cues from a site like Amazon.com or Abebooks, these cues use ISBN numbers to search for that particular edition of the book. Often, you will receive a " no matches " result when in fact the library often has that title, just not the same edition that the cue searched for.

If you receive a " no matches " result from using one of these cues, it is a good idea to highlight the title, right-click and search from the menu (or copy/paste the title into the search toolbar).

As an example, this is a result from using the library icon cue search from AbeBooks for Mrs. Dalloway:

no result

And here is a result from searching for the title using either the highlight/right-click method or searching by title in the LibX Toolbar:

catalog

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