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LibX is an optional, free browser plugin to aid researchers. This guide explains how to install and use GWU's LibX edition.

About LibX

LibX is an optional, free browser plugin to aid your online research. It is available for the Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. LibX streamlines some common research tasks and makes it easy to get to GW's online subscriptions without leaving the webpage you're on.


GW's edition of LibX is a work in progress. Please send feedback to chrisg@gwu.edu. For more information about the LibX project, see http://www.libx.org.

LibX Features

  • Search Features: Click on the LibX button to instantly search ArticlesPlus, the library catalog, Google Scholar, and more, all without leaving the page you're on. Highlight and right-click any text on a webpage to get contextual search options for that text.

  • Improved Off-Campus Access: If you're off campus and can't get access to our online content, LibX can help. One click will reload the current page through GW's proxy server, so you can log in with your GWID for access.

  • Quick Links: Links to commonly used library webpages, including your library account, our databases list, the GW Libraries' hours, and more.

Installing LibX

To install LibX, visit http://www.libx.org and search the list of editions for George Washington University. (If you're on campus, it will suggest GW's edition automatically.) Then click on the Install button and follow the directions onscreen.

Note for Chrome users: if you get an error message saying the plugin can't be installed, try installing the basic LibX from the Chrome Web Store first. (Don't worry, it's free.) Then click on the LibX button, click About, then click Change Edition to switch to GW's edition.

To update your existing GW LibX, click on the LibX button, click About, then click Change Edition, then select GW's LibX. 

Sorry, LibX is not available for Safari or Internet Explorer.

When GW's edition of LibX is installed, you'll see a new button to the right of address bar in your browser window.

LibX button

Uninstalling

  • In Firefox, select Tools > Add-Ons > Extensions. Find LibX in the list of extensions and click the Disable or Remove button. Restart your browser.
  • In Chrome, click the "Customize and Control" button and select Tools > Extensions. Find LibX in the list of extensions and uncheck the Enabled button (to temporarily turn off LibX), or click the trash can icon to permanently uninstall.

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