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LibX and You

How LibX toolbar can enhance your library experience

Let's talk about cues

What is a LibX cue? It's this little University of Maryland icon that means you can check if we have access to what you're looking for at the University.

Here's what it looks like:
There's our Maryland sphere!

Once you install the UMD LibX add-on, this little guy will pop up everytime 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 don't 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's 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 (ex. hardcover, paperback, audio book, revised editions). You'll come up with a catalog page with a sidebar that has clickable related ISBNs. Newer editions aren't 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'll 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.

Cue examples online

Video #1: You will see what happens when you click a cue on amazon and when you click a cue from a New York Times book review. The amazon cue searches by ISBN while the New York Times cue searches by title. You can maximize the video by clicking the box in the lower right corner.

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Alternate ISBN searches

Video #2: You will see how to find alternate methods of searching with the ISBN, as discussed in the second box on the left. You can maximize the video by clicking the box in the lower right corner.

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