LibKey Nomad FAQ



When will LibKey Nomad be released?
LibKey is schedule for release to all Third Iron Complete and LibKey Suite customers in the summer of 2019.  Exact release date will be updated here as it comes into focus.

Do libraries need to do anything to activate Nomad?
Provided your library has a Third Iron Complete or LibKey Suite subscription, LibKey Nomad will be turned on automatically.  However, to make the most of the service, we highly recommend libraries register their link resolver (or configure an email option) so that the "Access Options" content type can be activated.  This allows Nomad to connect the user to your link resolver/ILL/Document Delivery system when it comes across an article the user is interested in not in your holdings.  You can fill out that form here:


What browsers will Nomad support?
LibKey Nomad supports Chrome, the world's most popular browser.  Other browsers may be supported in the future as user interest and market size warrants.

How do you install Nomad?
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension which means you install it via the Chrome store.  A direct link to install it will be provided here as well as on our LibKey Nomad home page when it is available for download.  Installing and setup is quick and easy.  Simply download and install the extension, choose your supported institution and you are all set.

Do you need to create an account to use Nomad?
No.  Nomad, like all of Third Iron technologies, is very privacy minded.  There are no user accounts to create, the extension does not ask for or store your institutional user credentials and we do not run our scripts on any webpages other than those that are publisher pages as well as a few select domains such as PubMed, Wikipedia and Google Scholar which have unique enhancements for each site.

How does Nomad function on publisher pages?
Nomad works similarly to other Nomad technologies and uses the lightning fast LibKey API to perform its magic.  When a scholarly publisher page loads, we quickly look for the DOI of the article, compare it to your institutions holdings data and determine if we you have a PDF available, a link to the article or if we don't think you have immediate access so may need request the article from your institution in which case a link resolver or similar link is created.  These present themselves as three different link possibilities, all of them branded to your institution:


The best available is the one that is presented for the user.

All of this happens in a fraction of a second thus presenting new impedance to the researcher workflow.

Clicking one of these buttons brings you to the appropriate resource or service and intelligently prompts for authentication whenever needed (for example, open access journals do not require any authentication).

How does Nomad function with PubMed?
With Nomad installed, for the first time clinicians and researchers are able to download articles directly from the search results screen in PubMed!  LibKey presents in-line links as well as the ability to view articles "in context" within BrowZine, helping to launch them into a serendipitous discovery journey to similar articles from the same journal.  Further, LibKey also brings in the massive 22,000+ journal cover image archive to enhance the pubmed result page allowing popular journals like NEJM, BMJ, JAMA and others to jump out in the search results to help researchers better filter their search results.

How does Nomad function within Wikipedia?
Wikipedia has proven to be a powerful tool for students and researchers alike to get quickly affiliated with a topic.  But more importantly, it can serve as a springboard to primary source content due to many scholarly topics containing numerous (in some cases hundreds!) of links to scholarly sources.  The downside is all of these sources are just DOI links, meaning authentication and proper entitlements (i.e. the library gets this article from EBSCO, not Springer) is up to the user to navigate making the use of these sources much more difficult if not impossible for most users to navigate.

LibKey Nomad intelligently picks these sources out and builds the correct links for the user in a dynamic fashion!



How does Nomad function within Google Scholar?  (Forthcoming, summer 2019)
Similar to PubMed, Google Scholar results are enhanced in-line showing cover images, links to content and the ability to view a complete issue within the BrowZine environment.  This feature will not be available at launch but will be coming later in the summer via an app update!  Stay tuned for more details!

More questions?
Please drop us a line!  We are happy to help!






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