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LibX Guide

How the LibX toolbar can enhance your library experience.

Overview

What is a LibX cue? It is a little UMD icon that means that you can check to see if we have access to what you're looking for.

Here is what it looks like:

Once you install the UMD LibX add-on, it will pop up every time you can check to see if we have an item.

For example, if you are looking up Pineapple Culture by Gary Okihiro on Amazon, the title entry on Amazon will look like:

Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones (California World History Library) [Hardcover]

Luckily, we have this book and clicking the icon above will take you to its listing.

Click the icon below for the paperback version to see what it looks like when we do not have a book.

Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones (California World History Library) [Paperback]

Why doesn't LibX link paperbacks and hardcovers?

You may have noticed that the pineapple books mentioned above were the same book. One was in hardcover, and the other in paperback. LibX was unable to equate the two books. This is because paperback and hardcover versions of books have different ISBNs and when LibX searches for your book at UMD, it searches by specific ISBN through WorldCat.

There are a few fixes for this, each of which have their pros and cons.

 

Pros

Cons

Search related ISBNs

Find that hardcover edition

Might miss newer editions

Search ISBN through WorldCat

Conglomerates ISBNs

Misses newer editions

Search the title in our catalog

Finds newer editions

Sometimes Amazon titles abbreviate

 

Let us look at these options in a little more depth.

Search related ISBNs

Scroll down to the ISBN, highlight it with your mouse, right click, and select "Search catalog USMAI for ISBN's related to..." This sends LibX through OCLC's "xISBN" which sticks potentially related ISBNs together (example: hardcover, paperback, audio book, revised editions). You will come up with a catalog page with a sidebar that has clickable related ISBNs. Newer editions are not always entered immediately into WorldCat, so this method misses our newer items.

Search ISBN through WorldCat

Scroll down to the ISBN, highlight it with your mouse, right click, and select "Search WorldCatUM for ISBN/ISSN..." This will take you to the WorldCat page for the item. It will stick paperback and hardcover editions together, but it encounters the same problem of not always having the newer entries on file.

Search the title in our catalog

Highlight the title with your mouse, right click, and select "Search catalogUSMAI for the title..." A new tab will open with the search results.