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A guide for using LibKey

LibKey Link

LibKey Link streamlines access to full text content and it is integrated into many of our library databases. You don't need to do anything special to use it - it works behind the scenes once you click on download PDF. The green arrow points to a LibKey link as it appears in Primo:

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Navigating the LibKey landing page


The LibKey landing page appears the first time an article is searched during a browsing session, and allows you to choose your format preference. There are several components to this page:

  1. Choose your format preference from the available format options. Generally these are the PDF or the article link (html full text on the publisher’s site). In some cases, direct linking to the PDF is not available, so the article link may be the only option.
  2. If you check this box, the format choice is remembered in future sessions in the same browser for 24 hours. 
  3. Use this option if you are having trouble accessing the direct link or if you want to view the full list of article access options. This will take you to a page where you can check Mason's library holdings for the journal or submit an ILL request.