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Tools and Widgets

Plug-ins and More


BrowZine - NEW!!

BrowZine application

BrowZine is an iPad app that allows you to browse, read, and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals, or in other words, virtual journal browsing!

Instructions for installing and using BrowZine.


Research Project Calculator - NEW!!

Try the Research Project Calculator. Simply enter info about your assignment and receive a timeline and updates to help you complete it!

Instructions for the Research Project Calculator.


Gale's AccessMyLibrary College Edition App for iPhone/iPad and Android - NEW!

screenshot of the Gale app

The Gale app lets you:

  • Access all Gale databases including: Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints, Contemporary Authors, Global Issues in Context, and more.
  • Access hundreds of e-books from Gale

Further instructions for the Gale app.


Computer Availability Widget

The Web Tools & Discoverability Team has developed a Computer Availability widget that can be added to library webpages. The widget shows in real time how many computers are available in your library/area. Check out these pages to see examples of the widget:

Business Library
Earth and Mineral Sciences Library
Fayette Campus Library 

Contact the CMS development team ( with questions about adding the widget to your site.

NOTE: You will need to obtain the room number information by emailing the CMS implementation team at


EBSCOhost iPhone/iPad/iPod App

illustration - EBSCOhost iPad, iPhone, iPod App

The EBSCOhost App lets you:

  • Choose which databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  •  Email results to self or others
  • Retrieve their most recent 25 search results
  • Browse a “cover flow” display of search results

Instructions for installing the app


Libx - Library Toolbar Browser Plugin - NEW version!!!!

The LibX Toolbar is a customizable browser plugin that provides direct access to Penn State's library resources. The toolbar is available for FireFox and Chrome.

Visit the LibX website ( to install the toolbar.

  • Based on your IP address, and the browser you are using, LibX should recommend the Penn State version of the toolbar.
  • Click the link (Penn State University Libraries Edition...) to install the toolbar.
  • Once installed, click on the Penn State logo to use LionSearch.
LibX toolbar

For help using the widget, read the documentation on the LibX website.

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Widget Scripts in Angel

Give your students access to the library catalog, the ProQuest database or even a librarian within your assignment!  No html experience needed, simply cut and paste.