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LibKey Nomad

Information on LibKey Nomad, a browser extension which helps access articles

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser add-on  that facilitates access to articles available through Library subscriptions. It links our FindIt service to publisher web sites to show when the Library has a subscription and if not, to point you to other ways to access an article. And because it is a browser tool, you will know if an article is available before you have to log in.

LibKey Nomad requires your permission to change data on sites you visit.

LibKey is not collecting any personal information. You can view their privacy policy here.

Once LibKey Nomad is installed, you will be prompted to select an institution. You can type chicago in the box to get a short list quickly. Click on University of Chicago Library to complete the process.

Institution selection screen

Where does LibKey Nomad work?

LibKey Nomad will recognize most academic publishers' pages, but does not currently work for JSTOR. Major publishers include:

  • AAAS (Science)
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Elsevier ScienceDirect
  • Nature
  • Oxford University Press
  • SpringerLink
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley Online Library
  • The University of Chicago Press

LibKey Nomad in Action

LibKey Nomad scans the pages you visit for publisher URLs. When you land on a page with an article that is available to download, you get a banner alert at the bottom of your screen. Click to download the PDF. If you are off-campus, you will be routed through the proxy server to authenticate as an authorized user.

Example of Nomad banner alert


LibKey Nomad will connect you to our FindIt service when you land on a page where we don't have current access. In this example from The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Library has access at Business Source Complete but not at Oxford University Press. LibKey will send you to the Find It page or directly to a database to access the article.
(Click the image to see the Find It page)

citation from the Quarterly Journal of Economics

LibKey Nomad and Interlibrary Loan

LibKey Nomad will direct you to Interlibrary Loan if it is unable to find a match in our journal subscriptions. Use the same Access Options button to navigate to the ILL request form.