Search Tools

Search Plugins for your Browser

With the Lib4RI-Search-Plugins you can search for articles, books or magazines in the databases of Lib4RI directly from the search box in your browser. The plugins work with newer versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer.

To install these plugins simply click on the links below and follow the instructions. There are four different plugins with different search topics:

Click the drop down arrow next to the search bar and select a search plugin. The browser will remember your choice and use the selected search engine from now on (until you change it again).

Technical Notes

The plugins work with Firefox version 1.5 or newer and Internet Explorer version 7 or newer.

With «Manage Search Engines…» (in the drop down menu next to the search bar) you can change the list position of search engines, get more search engines or remove a search engine.

The search plugins are implemented using OpenSearch xml specifications. The search plugins are safe. There are no privacy concerns, no unwanted behaviors, and the plugins are easily deleted.

The Mycroft Project provides a collection of many OpenSearch plugins for your web browser.

Search Gadget for Windows 7 and Vista

«Gadgets» are mini programs that put information and tools right on your desktop. The Lib4RI-Gadget for Windows 7 and Vista puts the Lib4RI-Searchbox on your desktop. Enter a search term, select an option, and the search results will be displayed in your browser. To install the Lib4RI-Gadget on your desktop, follow these steps:

1. Click here to download the Lib4RI-Gadget.

2. Run/Open the downloaded .gadget file.

3. You will see a dialog box that says «The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure…». Ignore this security warning and click «Install».

4. The gadget will appear on your desktop.

Keyword Search

«Smart Keywords» enable you to search within any website right from the location bar / address bar. After you have defined a smart keyword in your browser, the search with keywords is simple: you type in a smart keyword (e.g. «j» for a search in Lib4RI's journal list) and a search term (e.g. «PNAS») in the address bar and this resolves into the search for «PNAS» in the journal list.

Here is a step by step guide how you can enable smart keyword search for a search in Lib4RI's databases:

How to enable the keyword search in Firefox

1. Visit and select a search option: Articles, Journals, Books or Institutes.

2. Right-click on the search box and select «Add a Keyword for this Search …».

3. The «New Bookmark» dialog appears. Enter a name for the bookmark and set a keyword for its quick access (e.g. «Lib4RI – Journals» and «j» as the keyword).

4. Select the folder where you would like to save the bookmark and click OK.

To use the created smart keyword, enter the keyword and the search string in the address bar (e.g. «j PNAS») and then press «Enter».

Please note that you have to be on Lib4RI's homepage when adding the keywords and not on the search results page.

You can find more information on smart keywords at Firefox Help.

How to enable the keyword search in Google Chrome

1. Visit and select a search option: Articles, Journals, Books or Institutes.

2. Right-click on the search box and select »Add as search engine …»

3. The «Edit Search Engine» dialog appears. Enter a name for the search (e.g. «Lib4RI – Journals») and assign a keyword (e.g. «j»).

4. Click «OK».

To use the created smart keyword, enter the keyword and the search string in the address bar (e.g. «j PNAS») and then press «Enter».

More information on Chrome's keyword search is available on the page How to search in Chrome.

Internet Explorer does not support keyword searches.

Bonus Tip 1: The key combination «Control + L» places the cursor in the address bar of your browser.

Bonus Tip 2: The search in our journal list works with automatic truncation. When searching for a journal you do not need to type the complete journal title. The first few letters of some title words are sufficient. For example, «phe mol» (the first few letters for «phenomena» and «molecular») will find the journal «Journal of inclusion phenomena and molecular recognition in chemistry».

Unpaywall Extension for Your Browser provides a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that allows the reading of free Open Access versions of paywalled research papers.

After installation, when you see a green tab beside a paywalled research article on your web browser, just click it to read its free Open Access version. A gray tab would indicate that the full text cannot be found unpaywalled (i.e. not Open Access).

The green tab is particularly useful for scientific articles that have been self-archived by the authors via Green Open Access (e.g. postprints on institutional repositories such as DORA) in addition to a subscription based or paywalled publication. gathers content from thousands of open-access repositories worldwide. It puts together data from sources such as PubMed Central, the DOAJ, Crossref, DataCite, Google Scholar and BASE, and in turn makes it open for reuse via the oaDOI API.

For more details refer to their FAQ.

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