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LibKey Nomad

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

Using LibKey Nomad

When you land on a page for an article, LibKey Nomad automatically checks against the ISU Library's subscriptions and provides a link to a:

  • PDF of the article, if available
  • Manuscript version (via Unpaywall), if available
  • Pre-filled Interlibrary Loan form, if full text is not available

If you are off campus you will be directed to authenticate with Okta before being taken to the PDF of the article. LibKey Nomad does not store your credentials or require you to create an account.

What to look for

LibKey Nomad automatically places a button in the bottom corner of a compatible webpage. This button changes its appearance to indicate what level of access is available.

LibKey Nomad Download PDF button

Download PDF indicates that the ISU Library provides access to the PDF, and will take you directly to the PDF of the document.

LibKey Nomad Article Link button

Article Link indicates that the ISU Library provides access to the article, and will take you to a page where you can access the article. You may also be able to download the article from there.

LibKey Nomad Access Options... button

Access Options... indicates that the ISU Library does not have direct online access to the article. Clicking this will take you directly to the Interlibrary Loan request form. Log in with your Net ID and password, and the form will be pre-filled by LibKey Nomad. Just submit the request to receive a PDF copy of the article in 24-72 hours.

Special features


LibKey Nomad integrates with Wikipedia to provide quick access links for items in the references list.

Screenshot of Wikipedia reference list


LibKey Nomad provides full text links to items in PubMed search results.

Screenshot of PubMed search results

Other resources

LibKey Nomad also works with some subscription databases, including Scopus and Web of Science.

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Erin Thomas
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Iowa State University
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