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LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a free plugin for Google Chrome that helps you access scholarly journal articles. Once it knows you're affiliated with Emory, LibKey Nomad checks the web page of the article you're viewing to see if it's available at Emory. If it is, you'll see a graphic in the bottom left corner of your browser window that looks like this:

If Emory doesn't have the article, LibKey Nomad will also check open-access repositories and Unpaywall to see if there is another free and legal way to find it.

To install LibKey Nomad:

  1. Using Chrome, visit the Chrome Store page for the LibKey Nomad browser plugin.
  2. Click the "Add to Chrome" button.
  3. Chrome will ask whether or not you give the extension permission to operate:

If you choose to cancel, LibKey Nomad will not be installed.

4. If you add the extension, Chrome will open up a new tab that asks you to select which institution with which you're affiliated. Choose "Emory University" from the drop-down list:


Once you see the message above, you can close that browser tab. LibKey Nomad should now be functional.

As of fall 2019, LibKey Nomad is a new product. Our limited preliminary testing shows it works rather well. At the time of this writing, LibKey Nomad is supported for use with Google Chrome, but it may also work in other browsers that are based on the Chromium Projects. Neither Firefox nor Safari is currently supported.

Emory Proxy Resolver Bookmarklet

Regardless of which browser you use, we have a bookmarklet you can add to your browser that allows you to request items through the Emory proxy server. Unlike LibKey Nomad, it doesn't identify which articles are available using Emory's databases, but if an article's web page suggests you need to pay for the article, and you want to check to see if it's available here for free, clicking the bookmarklet link will make your browser look for the article through our system. If you haven't already logged in before you started your research, you'll probably be asked to do so when you click the bookmarklet.

If you'd like to install it on your browser, here's what to do:

  1. Drag the Emory Proxy Resolver button to your bookmarks toolbar. If you don't have your browser's bookmarks bar enabled, you will need to enable it if you intend to use this method.
  2. When you need to load a journal article from off campus, click the bookmark. It should route the page through EZProxy and give you access.

Emory Proxy Resolver

If you are using a mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) or are having issues dragging and dropping the bookmarklet button to your browser's bookmarks bar, you can create your own bookmarklet manually. The exact method varies by device and browser. In general, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the JavaScript below:
  2. Bookmark this page
  3. Edit the bookmark so that the name is memorable and the URL is the JavaScript copied in step [1]

When you are on a page that requires authentication, selecting the saved bookmark will initiate the authentication process.