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LibX - Extension for Searching TU Library Resources from Your Browser: LibX Temple - Search Toolbar & more

Install LibX Temple

Download LibX for Firefox or Chrome 


Creative Commons License
This guide is an adaptation of a guide by Alexandra Chappell licensed by Claremont Colleges Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.

What is LibX?

  • Browser/Toolbar Search: LibX is a Firefox/Chrome extension that allows you to quickly search the Diamond catalog, Summon, Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar, and TU Journals directly from your browser
  • Right-click context menu: when you have installed LibX you can highlight text on a web page or PDF and right-click for a menu of search options
  • Embedded links: LibX will also embed the Search TU Link or Summon button on search results in Amazon, Wikipedia, NYT Book Reviews, Wikipedia, and more that will lead you to Temple-only resources

More About the Browser/Toolbar Search

Click the Temple icon icon on the upper right of your browser to open the LibX search box.

Summon is the default, but you can click on the arrow next to the database name to switch to Diamond Catalog, Academic Search Premier, Journal search, or Google Scholar.

LibX instructions screenshot

You can search by multiple terms in different fields (author, title, ISBN/ISSN, call number.) and by clicking on the down arrow down arrow you can add additional search boxes. Which fields can be searched changes based on which database is being searched.

More About the Right Click Context Menu

Highlight text on a web page or PDF document and right-click (or control-click for Mac users) to get the context menu:

Embedded search

From this menu you can:

  • directly search Summon, Diamond, or Google Scholar (try this with a citation you need!)

Alternatively, in Firefox instead of right-clicking, you can drag and drop the selected text into the TU LibX icon icon in your toolbar, which will immediately run a Scholar search.

Also, the context menu will change, depending on what text is highlighted. For instance, if an ISBN is selected, you will be offered appropriate ISBN searches.

Use the preferences link to change which search options show up in the context menu:

How to Access Content Menu

More About the Embedded Links

3. Embedded links: within Amazon, Barnes & Noble, NYT Book Reviews, etc.

LibX places the cue Full-text link button in web pages such as:

  • Amazon
  • Google Books
  • Wikipedia
  • Open WorldCat (

    Click on the cue to see if Temple owns the book or get online access to the article.


    Copyright/Privacy Info


    LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.


    By using this extension you may send the URL of pages you are currently visiting to your library's catalog server. Such information is sent only if you are actively using the extension; it is never sent automatically. If you wish to avoid this you must turn off the referrer URL by setting network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0 in your preferences.

    In addition, you may be sending information such as ISBN and ISSN numbers to OCLC, DOIs to CrossRef's server, and PubMed IDs to the PubMed server in order to retrieve metadata information. If configured for your edition, you may also send URLs to your library's EZProxy to determine whether the current page can be proxied when using the right-click context menu. Use the LibX -> Preferences panel to turn these services off if desired.

    For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.