Library Labs

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

Category: Utility

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: Zotero

ZOTERO [zoh-TAIR-oh]

A Firefox web browser extension that allows the collection, management, and citing of research sources. It save links, files, and Web pages for later retrieval. Automatically captures citation information and exports the cites in a variety of styles.

Why Zotero?:  The software makes it easier to keep track of networked resources as they are discovered, then retrieved later to create lists of cited works.

How to get ZoteroDownload Zotero 2.0 beta |Download Zotero 1.0 |(remember: this is an extension for Firefox only).

Features Include:

  • Capture of citation information from web pages
  • Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
  • Flexible notetaking with autosave
  • As-you-type search through materials
  • Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches and tags
  • Platform for new forms of digital research that can be extended with other web tools and services
  • Formatted citation export
  • Free and open source
  • Integration with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice
  • Saves records and notes in any language
  • Integration with WordPress and other blogging software


Zotero is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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OSU Library Labs: Facebook Application

Are you an avid Facebook user? Do you keep your social connections going while working on homework?

Why an OSU Libraries Facebook application? It allows you to search the OSU Library catalog right from your Facebook page.

OSU Libraries Facebook Application

How to add:


  • Log in to Facebook
  • Enter “OSU Libraries” in the search box
  • Select the OSU Libraries application
  • Click on the Allow box to add the application

To make this search box permanently available on your profile page:

  • Click on the Application box at the bottom of the Facebook screen
  • Click Edit at the top of your application box
  • Find the OSU Libraries application on your list of applications and click “edit settings”
  • On the profile tab, select add, to add it as a box
  • Move the box to your preferred location

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More library applications:

Search the OhioLINK catalog:

OhioLINK Facebook Application

Search for JSTOR materials: (created by JSTOR; use this proxy string where prompted: )

JSTOR Facebook Application

Search for materials in libraries world wide (created by OCLC):

WorldCat Facebook Application

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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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