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Research Toolkit: Using LibKey Nomad

Using LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that connects you with articles that are library-licensed or open access. LibKey Nomad is available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Brave, and Vivaldi.

With LibKey Nomad, you are automatically directed to the best version available of an article so you don't need to search in multiple places. When the full text of an article is not available, you will be provided with the option to request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

LibKey Nomad does not require you to create a personal account. It does not track users or hold credentials, and it is only active when you are on the web page of a scholarly publisher or database.

Getting Started

  1. Install the LibKey Nomad extension for your browser of choice. (Note: A user account is not required to use the extension.)
  2. Search for and select "Kalamazoo College" from the list of institutions. See images below.
  3. When you are on publisher websites, Wikipedia, PubMed, and more, you can look for the LibKey Nomad button to download PDFs.

LibKey Institution Lookup Example

Publisher Websites

When you browse publisher sites and other web pages, LibKey Nomad provides a link to download the PDF of an article available through K's Library. If the full text of the article is not available through K's Library, an "Access Options" button will appear, and you will see options for requesting the article through ILL. See example in the image below.

LibKey Integration on Publisher page


LibKey Nomad also works with Wikipedia. When you view the list of references for an entry, a "Download PDF" button will appear after the citations, if the full text of the article or an eBook is available from K's Library. An "Article Link" button may appear for citations that are from sources that do not support linking directly to the PDF.

For articles not available from K's Library, an "Access Options..." button will appear that provides options for requesting the articles through ILL. See example in the image below.

LibKey Integration on Wikipedia


When you search PubMed, LibKey Nomad shows options for downloading a PDF, linking to an article, or additional access options. You can also view the cover images of journals.

LibKey Nomad also provides links to complete issues of a journal. Click "View Complete Issue" to browse the table of contents for the issue in which an article appears, which may help you find similar articles from the same publication. See example in the image below.

LibKey Integration on PubMed