Library Labs

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

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: 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: Mobile Catalog

The Mobile Catalog is a version of the OSU Library Catalog designed for your mobile device.

Why use the Mobile Catalog? It will allow you to:

  • Search the collection
  • Request titles
  • Check your account
  • Renew items

How to get the Mobile Catalog? Point your mobile device browser to or

Please note:  Features and functionality will depend on entirely on your mobile device.

Mobile Catalog

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