Introducing LibKey, BrowZine, and Nomad: Easier Access to Full-Text Scholarly Articles

The Library is excited to announce a new suite of tools from Third Iron that will make accessing PDFs and other scholarly full-text content easier and quicker.

Libkey Discovery and LibKey Link: Integrated into our existing catalog, these two tools connect you to full-text articles with fewer clicks and less confusion. When you conduct an “Everything” search, you will see links to “read article” (for articles available online in HTML format) or “download PDF,” opening the full-text with one click.

LibKey Discovery in Primo preview

BrowZine: Also integrated into our “Everything” search are links to browse full-text journal content. When available, clicking on “view issue contents” will take you to a page with a browsable list of a journal’s issues, with links to full-text articles. You can also view the BrowZine Library to browse journals by subject, title, or ISSN through a user-friendly interface. interface example DOI or PMID Search: Now available via a link in our E-Journals search tab is, an  interface that will allow you to search across all of the library’s electronic database subscriptions as well as open access sources to find a scholarly article by it’s DOI or PMID number in a simple search – without needing to know which journal or database carries the article. If the library has access to the article, you will be provided with different choices with how to access, including through BrowZine. Also, clicking on “See all content access options” or “Library Access Options” will take you to other access options, like non-scholarly article indexes and databases and the document delivery request form.

LibKey Nomad: Nomad, a free browser extension*, connects you to PFW-subscribed content on publishers’ sites and scholarly web databases, like Google Scholar. Simply download Nomad for your browser and choose “Purdue University Fort Wayne” from the drop-down menu. If the library has access to the full-text PDF of the article or citation you are viewing on one of these sites, a button to download the PDF will appear on the bottom, left-hand corner of your browser. Or an “Access Options” button may appear, clicking on which will take you to a catalog search with any PFW access options, including document delivery. Without Nomad, publishers’ sites may require you purchase the article to view or download it, regardless if the library has access to it or not.

LibKey Nomad preview

*Nomad is available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi. It is not yet available for Safari.

Update on Elsevier Subscription

Purdue University has renegotiated the multi-campus subscription deal with the large publisher Elsevier. Here at Purdue Fort Wayne, we will maintain access to journal content representing 85% of the usage we currently see on a regular basis, which includes all the high-use titles for our research areas. Journal content representing the other 15% of usage will be available through Document Delivery Services (DDS) at no additional cost to PFW students, faculty, and staff. This change will have minimal impact on day-to-day access. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your liaison librarian for more information.

Library Catalog Update May 11

Helmke Library’s catalog is getting an upgrade. Not only will the upgrade help with showing newly acquired material faster in the catalog, but it also will prepare the library for a system (starting in Spring 2022) that makes borrowing and returning materials from the other two Purdue campuses easier.

On May 11, the library will migrate to the new catalog. This means that the “search everything,” catalog, and e-journal searches (including the alphabetical list of electronic journals) will be down for that day. But patrons still can check out materials and access other digital services, like our article databases. Full access to the upgraded catalog will be available by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

Please note: If you have created and saved searches in your account on the library catalog, you’ll need to view and note down what they are by May 9, so you can recreate them in the upgraded library catalog when it goes live on May 12.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Countering Propaganda and Supporting Inclusion

As we take today to remember the Holocaust – an event that encompassed countless acts of hate and cruelty – we also need to remember that these acts aren’t relegated to the past. The appearance of white supremacy propaganda on campus this past weekend is evidence that the need for intentional inclusion and work for equity and diversity are as important as ever.

Libraries, including Helmke Library, have long been advocates for inclusion, striving to provide access for all to resources and information. But countering the growing spread of misinformation and hate speech takes more than that advocacy – it takes education and action. Information literacy is a vital and powerful tool in combating misinformation and the very real damage it has caused.

Propaganda employs a number of methods to appeal to its audience and hide the identity of the author/organization and its true ideologies. But there many resources to help counter those tactics, particularly in identifying information sources and evaluating them for accuracy and credibility. This is just as relevant to a social media post as it is to a research paper. As Jill Long Thompson discussed in her recent op-ed in the Journal Gazette, advances in technology have opened many more avenues in which we receive information, increasing the need for all of us to be more able to evaluate the credibility of that information and its source, particularly with avenues like social media that often don’t require the review and transparency that traditional media sources do.

Promoting inclusion also involves consulting the departments, institutes, and offices on campus who provide resources and other support related to diversity and equity, like the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Resource Center, and the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs.

Spring 2021 at Helmke Library

The past year brought a number of changes and challenges, but as we look forward in 2021, Helmke Library is confident in our continued ability to serve faculty, student, and staff needs on campus.

As we start the new semester, we want you to be aware of what’s new at the library:

  • Due to COVID’s ongoing impact on staffing, the library temporarily will be closed on the weekends and will close at 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. on Fridays, with virtual reference available until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. on Fridays. Most of our resources are available at any time through our website. We will return to weekend and additional evening hours as soon as our staff levels will allow. Updates to our hours will be posted on our website. If you require a study space after hours, the bridge to Walb and the 24-Hour lounge in Neff are available.  If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to the library management team at
  • The new Digital Arts + Humanities Lab and Digital Initiatives webpages help support digital resource and digital scholarship needs. Explore the mDON digital archives, learn more about the DA+H Lab and its available technologies, reserve a DA+H workstation, access digital humanities tools and help documentation, schedule a consultation or instruction, and more.
  • Faculty can visit our Library Teaching Services guide for a full list of and access to our information literacy and writing online tutorials. These modules and videos can be embedded into Brightspace courses.

We are still offering our full range of services:

The library continues to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including requiring mask-wearing and social distancing and closing study rooms, to help keep our PFW community safe and healthy in 2021.

Helmke Library Is Open for In-Person and Virtual Services

Starting July 1, Helmke Library resumed in-person services. While we still have our robust virtual services and digital resources, you are welcome to visit the library in person to check out materials, study, use the computer lab, and more. Our open hours are posted on our website.

Laptop checkouts will continue, but starting in the fall semester will return to a 24-hour checkout period.

While some in-person reference consultations will resume, virtual chat reference and virtual reference consultations with librarians will continue.

The Writing Center will continue with virtual consultations, and Speech and Presentation Services still offers virtual appointments.

You will notice some updates to the library, like Plexiglas at the Service Desk and hand sanitizing stations, to help keep us all as safe as possible. While in the building, we ask our patrons to help ensure the safety of our community by:

  • Wearing a mask properly in place, covering both your nose and mouth.
  • Using the cleaning supplies available at the Service Desk to clean table areas before you sit down and as you leave.
  • Keeping 6 feet of distance from other people and following one-way directional signs, including on stairways.
  • Limiting the number of people sitting at a table to 1-2.
  • Washing your hands frequently, and refraining from touching your face.

As recommended by campus guidelines, please stay home if you feel sick, have a temperature or other COVID-related symptoms, or suspect you’ve been exposed to the virus, to lessen the risk of spreading the virus. We will be happy to help accommodate your needs through our virtual services.

Book Returns

As we near the end of the semester, the library recognizes that students and faculty will want to return checked-out library materials before summer. To accommodate this while still keeping library staff safe, we will accept returns starting Monday, April 27, in the drop box that is located in the first floor vestibule. Though the library building remains closed at this time, the outside doors to the vestibule are open.

Once books are received, they will be quarantined for 72 hours, so expect delays in items being marked as returned in your account. This delay in a return status will not result in any overdue fines.

Please do not return laptops to the drop box. Contact to return a laptop.

And please note that the library does not accept returns of bookstore rentals.

Public Domain, Creative Commons, and Other Online Resources

Whether you are teaching, researching, or learning remotely, your needs for online resources have grown. We provide access to thousands of full-text articles and ebooks through our databases and catalog, as well as to university-related archives and images in our digital collections on mDON.

There are also many great resources for public domain and creative commons-licensed digital content (text, images, video, and music) that you can use for teaching, on Blackboard, for research, for projects, and more, without needing to get copyright permission. Check out this guide for links to this copyright-free or permission-granted content.

Helmke Library closed temporarily, but online services are still available

Helmke Library is closed for the duration of  Indiana’s Stay-At-Home Executive Order. All online services remain open.

During this time:

  • Virtual reference will be available through email and IM chat services via our Ask-A-Librarian page at Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-10:00 p.m. Virtual reference appointments with librarians are also available.
  • Writing Center online consultations will remain available and can be scheduled at
  • The library’s digital resources, accessed through, will remain available. Downloadable ebooks, full-text articles, and more online resources are available through “Search Everything,” our catalog, and our databases list. You can access materials remotely by logging in with your Purdue Fort Wayne credentials when you are prompted.
  • If you have any questions or are having trouble accessing resources, please contact us via the Ask-A-Librarian page, and your question will be directed to the correct person.
  • Our topic, research, and specialty guides can help point you to the best online resources to help you for your specific information needs.
  • Document Delivery Services are still available for journal articles and book chapters.  Requests for physical books will be investigated for possible ebook purchase.
  • Materials that are currently checked out have had their due dates extended and will not be due until July 1, 2020.
  • Laptops currently checked out will be due on May 1, 2020.  Even though Helmke Library is closed to the public, Purdue University Fort Wayne students can still borrow laptops from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Supplies are limited. Please contact us at with your name and the time you would like to pick up the laptop. When you come to pick up the laptop, we will check the machine out to you and meet you at the front door. Please bring your Mastodon or other photo ID.

Helmke Response to the Community in light of the COVID-19 outbreak

At this time, the Helmke Library at Purdue University Fort Wayne is not equipped to safely meet the increased demand of both our campus and our community. In this time of crisis, our focus must primarily be on our campus, and in support of the students, faculty, and staff as we move to transfer services and courses from in-person to a virtual environment.

Unfortunately, this means we must reduce services to our community patrons for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. We will no longer be able to provide computer access to non-campus patrons and, while community members are still able to access the building, we ask that you respect the policies we’ve enacted to protect our employees and guests by limiting the time you spend in the building and keeping a distance of 6 feet from other patrons while you are here.

For those needing to complete research, all Indiana residents are able to access a variety of databases through INSPIRE, a virtual library supported by the Indiana General Assembly. INSPIRE includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, and library catalogs. It also provides access to Consumer Reports, test and resume preparation, genealogy, current news, and other services. Indiana residents can access this service by visiting

We appreciate your understanding as we strive to support our campus during this difficult and unusual time. We look forward to returning to regular operations and supporting our community again when it is deemed safe to do so.