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Access Articles with LibKey Nomad

To celebrate National Library Week this April, we are highlighting LibKey Nomad, a simple browser extension designed to connect you to Lane Library’s licensed content. Setting up the LibKey Nomad extension is an easy way to make Lane Library part of your research routine.

What is LibKey Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that gives you fast, one-click access to scholarly articles through Lane Library. The extension works well with PubMed – adding quick “Download PDF” or “Access Options” buttons to your search results. You can also use LibKey Nomad on publisher websites and other vendor platforms to avoid article paywalls. Watch the short video below to see LibKey Nomad in action:

How to Set Up LibKey Nomad

It only takes a few minutes to download and install the LibKey Nomad browser extension. Follow these steps to start using LibKey Nomad:

  1. Download the extension for the browser of your choice. The extension is available through any of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi. 
  2. Once you’ve chosen your browser, follow the instructions to install the extension. After doing so you should see a pop-up to select your organization. Type in “Stanford” and select “Stanford Medicine- Lane Medical Library”
  3. Authenticate that you are affiliated with Lane Library using your SuNET ID or hospital ID and password. After authenticating, you should see a confirmation message like this:
  4. Now you’re ready to start using LibKey Nomad. Test it out on PubMed. Do a quick search, and you’ll notice that your screen looks a little different. On the bottom left, the LibKey icon should show your institutional affiliation. Next to every article, if available via Lane Library for free download, there’s a link to the PDF or a webpage to download it.
PubMed search results page with LibKey Nomad buttons for Access Options and Download PDF.

That’s it! Now you can start using LibKey Nomad every time you search PubMed or visit a publisher’s website.

Need More Help Accessing Resources?

If you’d like to learn more about other browser tools to easily connect to Lane Library’s resources, you can explore our Find Full Text Guide.

If you need to access supplementary materials for an article, they are often not available through LibKey Nomad. Use Lane Search to find the article and navigate to supplementary materials. 

If the article you are looking for is unavailable through LibKey Nomad or Lane Search, you can request it through DocXpress Document Delivery Service.

For any questions about accessing library materials, please contact us!

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