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MIT Extensions Library

August 18th, 2006 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

The MIT libraries extension provides a way for users to broadly search for scholarly literature.

The extension uses the following search engines to locate your data:

  • Barton
  • Vera Databases and eJournals
  • Google Scholar
  • SFX FullText Finder

The extension will search any one of the above four sites of your choice for scholarly literature by ISBN number, title, keyword, author, or subject.

There are actually three areas of interest with this extension

  • Toolbar
  • Context Menu
  • Embedded Links

The toolbar functionality pertains to the data we're looking for. Select the type of search engine you wish to search and bang! Your searching for it.

If you want to use the context menu, highlight a piece of text and right-click on it. This will provide a quick way to immediately search for your text in your specific search engine. If you use Google Scholar at all, you'll find this functionality a help in itself.

The last feature is the embedded links that occur on certain web pages. LibX puts the following image (LibX cue image) on web pages such as:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Google
  • Google Scholar
  • New York Times Book Reviews
  • Yahoo! Search
  • ...and many others

If you click on the little icon on the page, you'll be taken immediately to the online access of that piece of literature. Nice feature.

The idea of having multiple ways of searching for data is an excellent way of promoting this type of extension. I really like extensions that have numerous ways of accomplishing something. It shows me that the developers have put enough thought into the development  so users can make the most of the product.

The extension installed without any problems and is perfect for (college) students who need research and literature for their reports or thesis.