Library Labs

Where one can experiment with new information technologies and services. An OSUL 2013 Project.

Author: Eric Schnell (page 1 of 2)

OSU Library Labs: LibX Browser Toolbar

LibX is a browser plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer that provides direct access to OSUL resources.

Enter search words in the box in the LibX toolbar to search OSCAR (the Library Catalog), or switch to search OSU EJournal or Google Scholar. Search by multiple terms in different fields, or additional fields by selecting  on the down arrow down arrow icon.

Why use a LibX Toolbar? LibX, helps increase productivity by embedding library search tools into your browser. Features:

  • Select an article title on a Web page and have have a licensed copy delivered.
  • Look up a complete book title, author, or ISBN by selecting by right-clicking on that information on a Web page.
  • Takes advantage of the off-campus proxy services
  • Uses a block O visual cue to identify licensed resources
  • Autolinks ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs to licensed e-resources.

How to get LibXLibX for Firefox | LibX for Internet Explorer  (requires that .Net 2.0 or later is installed. Check your Windows Update.)


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OSU Library Labs: Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet

What is the Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet?

The Off-Campus Sign-In service provides authentication for Ohio State students, faculty and staff and enables access to most library resources from anywhere on most networked devices. This is also call a “proxy” service. The bookmarklet is a browser shortcut  which provides easy access to the proxy service.

Why use the Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet?

It saves a few couple steps and clicks. If the database or resource URL doesn’t contain, one can access the proxy service by simply clicking on the Off-Campus Sign In Bookmarklet. This will redirect the browser to the login page requiring a NAME.N campus network ID and password to gain access to licensed content.

How to install the Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet


Internet Explorer

  • Right click this link: Ohio State Off-Campus Sign-In Bookmarklet
  • Select Add to Favorites… You may be prompted with a security alert that the You are adding a favorite that may not be safe. Do you want to continue? Click Yes to continue.


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OSU Library Labs: Go.OSU URL Shortening Service

What is It is an Ohio State branded URL shortening service that allows a web page with a long URL ( to be accessed using a very short URL, ( in addition to the original. 

Why use Shortened URLs are easier to include in print publications and on social media sites. Unlike free URL shortening services which hide the authority of a web site, Go.OSU creates shortened URLs with the authority of the Ohio State brand.

How to use:

  • Copy the text of a full URL
  • Go to:
  • Paste in the full URL
  • Click Go!
  • Copy the shortened URL, use as needed
  • Add a custom alias if desired

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OSU Library Labs: Pubget

Pubget is a search engine for PDFs in the life sciences, indexing nearly 20 million life science research documents, including those in PubMed. You search it like you would PubMed or Google Scholar. The difference being is that with Pubget the PDF is displayed right away.

Why use Pubget? The service solves some of the issues with accessing full-text documents. With Pubget the search results are the documents, not links to the documents.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This service is a pilot. You will not be able to access all OSU licensed content. 

How to Get Pubget: Go to Users will need to know their OSU Internet Username (name.#) to use this service.


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OSU Library Labs: We Want Your Ideas!

Have you created your own tool, gadget, plug-in, browser extension to help manage you personal access to and management of information?  Are you willing to share with the community? If so, let us know!

The goal of the Ohio State University Library Labs is to showcase experimental and emerging technologies that facilitate access to information, resources, and services.

What is the criteria for submissions?  Submissions need to focus on tools which facilitate access to and management of information. If that information includes services and resources provided by OSU Libraries, then all the better.

In addition to highlighting your tool on this site we will pass along any feedback that we receive.


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OSU Library Labs: Carmen Library Link

Carmen Library Link gives students easy access to high-quality information resources and librarian assistance from within OSU’s Carmen learning management system.

Why use the Carmen Library Link?: It allows students and faculty to gain access to subject specialist librarians and library tools, such as journal databases, appropriate for the course’s discipline without having to navigate away from a Carmen course.

How to Get Carmen Library Link: Carmen Library Link will be added to all courses for Fall Quarter 2009. Custom pages are being developed for most disciplines. Faculty members should contact their subject specialist to create a custom Carmen Library Link for their specific course.

Faculty can manually add or remove the link from a Carmen course site by editing its navigation bar (see: Add Tool to Navigation Bar.)

Encourage students to explore the Library link by posting a news item on a course home page. (see: News: Basic.)

CLL Screenshot

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OSU Library Labs: WorldCat Mobile

Library users can discover Ohio State University Libraries materials on their devices using the WorldCat Mobile service.

Why use the WorldCat Mobile?:  The software makes it easier to locate resources available through OSU Libraries and the world, no matter where you are.

How to get WorldCat Mobile: A WorldCat Mobile application is available for download for the iPhone / iPod Touch from the  iPhone Application Store.

It can also be accessed by all mobile devices by directing a Web browser to

WorldCat iPhone App

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OSU Library Labs: What Are We All About?

The Ohio State University Libraries staff are always experimenting with new technologies and services that can to help make access to information, resources, and services easier. We have two challenges once we find something interesting:

– How do we make our community (you) aware of our experiments so that they (you) can take advantage of them?

– How can we organize our experiments in a way that they can be stored and discovered?

We brought a small group together to discuss these challenges and the result was OSU Library Labs.  We will be using OSU Library Labs to communicate new and experimental services offered by the library (usually Web-based, though not necessarily) so that the community can try them and, more importantly, offer us your feedback.

We will use that feedback to either improve the service before its “official” release, or help us decide if we will even offer a service. OSU Library Labs is not only just a place to house beta services, the project is a beta service in of itself.

Please subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter to keep up with our new services and tools as they are released.

OSU Library Labs: Browser Search Extension

Popular browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Firefox, have built-in search windows which can be populated with various search sites. OSU Libraries has made it simple for library customers to add the OSU Libraries Catalog as a browser preferred search site.

Why a Search Extension? Since the search extension is associated with the browser, the library user does not have to visit the catalog or library web sites in order to conduct a search.

How to get the Search Extension:

1) Go to the University Libraries main Web page. The code resides at this site.
2) Locate the small browser search box in the upper right hand corner of the browser (to the right of the page URL box). There is a drop down menu which exposes several search tool options. (see image).
3) After clicking the drop down, Select “Add OSU Libraries Catalog search


Now, just enter a search term in the Search Bar and then select the OSU Library Catalog option from the drop down menu.

OpenSearch browser example


Can’t I Find This Option on My Web Browser? The extension is not available on all browsers, or on all releases of a browser.

-Additional help for adding this search option-

On Mac:


Safari (OSX 10.4 and higher only):

More On Windows:


  • Visit
  • Click the ‘Wrench’ and go to Options
  • Under Default Search, click Manage
  • Under Other search engines, click, then choose Edit
  • Name: OSU Libraries Catalog
  • Keyword: osul
  • Address: (address should already be populated, though)
  • Click okay and close out the windows
  • To perform a search with Chrome, type “osul <your query>” into the Omnibox

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OSU Library Labs: Please Follow Us

Later this week, OSU Library Labs will be posting its first tool that can help to facilitate access to information, resources, and services.

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