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A guide for using LibKey

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that helps connect you to library-licensed content and open access articles when you are browsing the web outside of the library's webpages and databases. It is active at sites researchers commonly visit, including publisher sites, Wikipedia, and PubMed. When using LibKey Nomad, you are automatically directed to the best available version of an article for instant download, so there is no need to search multiple places. If the full text is not available within GMU subscribed content, you will be provided with options to request the article through InterLibrary Loan.

This extension works with most browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Edge. You do not need to create an account to use LibKey Nomad.

Getting Started:

  1. Visit the LibKey Nomad site and install the extension for your preferred browser(s).
  2. Select "George Mason University" as your organization.
  3. The LibKey Nomad logo (small green flame) will appear at the top right of browser window. When you are on a page where you can download an article or take another action, the LibKey Nomad button will appear.



Publisher Sites: On publisher sites such as SpringerLink, you will see a LibKey Nomad button in the lower right corner that provides a link to download the PDF through GMU Library. 

Wikipedia: You will also see LibKey Nomad options when viewing the list of references for Wikipedia entries. If the full text is available through GMU Library, a "Download PDF" button will appear. An "Article Link" button may appear for citations that are from sources that do not support direct linking to the PDF.

PubMed: LibKey Nomad behaves much the same way in PubMed, except you may also see links to complete journal issues. This allows for browsing the table of contents for the issue in which an article appears,

LibKey Nomad with PubMed