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Firefox search engine add-ins

April 1st, 2009 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Courtney Hime ’09

One of the most convenient features of Mozilla Firefox is the search tool bar – located in the upper right hand corner – that enables you to instantly access to a number of other search engines. For most people, Google is the default search engine, but there are several others, like Wikipedia or Amazon, that are nice to have available from one simple location. Most of the default options granted to Firefox users are mainstream search engines, but often, DePauw students need to access several research resources to complete their course work at DePauw. To help student reduce their time search for search engines DePauw’s librarians have worked to help DePauw students access to several commonly used databases that could prove to be helpful during their time at DePauw.

To add these search engines,

1. Go to the DePauw Libraries main page (http://depauw.edu/library/)

2. Select “Subject Guides” under the “Research Help” section.

3. Under the “Featured Guides” section, select the “Firefox Search Engines” guide. This page will list all of the available search engines that can be added to Firefox.

4. Select the search engine you want to add. You will be taken to another page.

5. Click the link of the search engine. A dialogue box will appear asking if you want to add the engine. You can also check to start using the search engine immediately.

6. Click Add. You can check the toolbar to make sure that engine was added correctly.

The library has made several search engines available, from Facebook to the Banner Graphic’s archives. Though there are several, there are five search engines that students will be sure to want to add.

1. DePauw’s library catalog – Get full access to the library’s catalog of books, videos, maps, CD’s, DVD’s, government documents, and physical (paper, microfiche, and microfilm) newspapers, magazines and journals.

2. Academic Search Premier – This search engine is an article database that covers all disciplines, most content from 1980s to today, some from 1920s on. The database contains mostly academic journal articles, with some newspaper and magazine articles.

3. JSTOR – Instead of having to navigate through the library’s home page and find the database, students can simply start using it from their home page. When adding this search engine, be sure to add the version that was created by Chris Monaghan.

4. Oxford Reference Online – Instantly search over 100 online dictionaries, encyclopedias and quote books from the Oxford University Press.

5. Google Books – Access Google Books’ database of over seven million books. Though the database doesn’t offer full access to all of their books, there are over one million books that are fully available online. When adding this search engine, select the version created by the Mycroft Project.

There are several Web sites that have add-ins available – indicated by a teal shaded arrow over the search toolbar.

You can click the down arrow and you will find an option enabling you to add the additional search engine add-in.

You can add the ‘DePauw Student and Faculty Directories’ in this way. Just go to http://www.depauw.edu/directories/ and add the search engine by clicking