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Betas, widgets, & mobile tools


Widgets - bookmarklets, browser add-ons, & more

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About widgets and web tools

The widgets and web tools listed below are handy for academic use.  The MIT Libraries haven't developed and don't support most of these tools, but we hope that you find them useful.  If you have any suggestions for other widgets to add to this page, contact us!

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Browser extensions & toolbars for library research

The following are some web browser extensions, toolbars, or features that are useful for library research. If you don't have it yet, you can download the Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers for free.

Try these add-ons that are supported by the MIT Libraries:

  • LibX - MIT edition - embed links to library collections in Amazon, Google, and more
  • Zotero - collect, manage, and cite your research sources

Firefox "smart keywords"

Smart keywords are an easy way to search web sites from the location bar of Firefox. With smart keywords, you can type "imdb alfred hitchcock" in your location bar and be taken directly to the result in the Internet Movie Database. 

Using Firefox, you can set up smart keywords to work with Vera: E-journals & databases and our Barton catalog. These are great if you like to avoid extra mouse clicks.


BookBurro Firefox add-on

BookBurro is designed to help find the lowest prices at online bookstores. It can also be used to search library catalogs according to your preferences. When it senses your are looking at a page that contains a book (such as Amazon), it will overlay a small panel which when opened lists prices at online bookstores and whether the book is available at your library. Set your preferences in BookBurro to include "Worldcat", with the zip code of 02139, and that will enable links to MIT Libraries Barton catalog via WorldCat.


Search engines in the Firefox toolbar

A few popular search engines are installed by default in the search bar in the upper-right corner of Firefox. There are many more you can add, using the list of additional search engines. You can also search for journals in Vera by installing the Firefox search bar, to help you find online journals owned by MIT.


    General web tools

    Tools to try:

    • Dropbox - sync and share your files online, access them from any computer or mobile device
    • Evernote - keep notes and access them from your computer or mobile device
    • Instapaper - save web pages to read later on your computer or mobile device

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    Citation management tools

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