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Get Articles With LibKey: Overview

Why use LibKey?

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that gives you one-click access to full text scholarly content from SMU Libraries when searching online. allows you to search for articles by DOI (digital object identifier) or PMID (PubMed ID) and directly download resources available through SMU Libraries.

Installing LibKey

LibKey is installed on desktop or laptop browsers. Note that it is not compatible with mobile or tablet browsers.

LibKey Nomad Examples

When you are on a page where you can download an article or take another action, the LibKey Nomad button (a small green flame) will appear.

Publisher Websites

On websites sites such as SpringerLink, you'll see a LibKey Nomad button in the lower left corner. 

Screenshot of a SpringerLink Page with LibKey icon highlighted

If the article is not available through SMU Libraries, the button will read "Access Options." Clicking on the button will open the SMU Libraries catalog and allow you to request the resource through interlibrary loan.


LibKey Nomad options appear when viewing the list of references for Wikipedia entries. If the full text is available through SMU Libraries, a "Download PDF" button will appear; if not, an "Access Options" button will appear. An "Article Link" button may appear for citations that are from sources that do not support direct linking to the PDF.

Screenshot of Wikipedia highlighting the LibKey icon


Search results in PubMed appear similar to those in Wikipedia, except you may also see links to complete journal issues. This allows for browsing the table of contents for the issue in which an article appears.

Screenshot of search results in PubMed showing what is available to download through SMU Libraries.

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