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LibKey Nomad

Learn how to get one-click access to ISU library resources using the LibKey Nomad browser extension.

Common questions

LibKey Nomad is a fairly new option for ISU affiliates. Additional questions and answers will be added over time.

Does LibKey Nomad work for every site/database/article? No. LibKey Nomad uses an item's DOI to retrieve full text options. It cannot retrieve items with no DOI. Additionally, LibKey Nomad is currently configured to work only with selected scholarly websites, and not on the web in general.

Does using LibKey Nomad mean I won't have to log in to access articles anymore? It will still prompt you to authenticate with Okta the first time you use it (each session), but after that it should authenticate automatically until you start a new browser session.

Does LibKey Nomad only work with ISU Library subscription materials? No, it also uses Unpaywall to find free versions of articles that are not part of the ISU Library's subscriptions.

Who can help?

If you need more help using LibKey Nomad at ISU, please reach out to Erin Thomas.

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Erin Thomas
150 Parks Library
Iowa State University
515 294-9886