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.

LibKey.io interface example

LibKey.io DOI or PMID Search: Now available via a link in our E-Journals search tab is LibKey.io, 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.

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