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For DID students embarking on further research.

Tools from NUS Libraries to get full-text


LibKey Nomad logo

What is LibKey Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that provides single click access to library content from publisher websites, such as PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Wikipedia and more.

How do I install Nomad?

Installation in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi & Safari is simple!

Just click this link and choose your browser.

Your browser will then ask you to confirm. Select NUS as the institution and you are all set.
Do you need to create an account to use Nomad?

No :) There are no user accounts to create, the extension does not ask for or store your institutional user credentials. Libkey Nomad is active only when the user is on the web page of a scholarly publisher or database, all other domains are ignored.

Where to find more information?

Refer to LibKey Nomad Technical FAQ

How does LibKey Nomad look like on publisher pages?

LibKey with Chrome image

What do all the labels mean?

Here is a detailed description of what each of these labels means:

Download PDF In a single click, the user should either see a PDF on their screen or be prompted to download a PDF immediately. If authentication is required for the user, they will be prompted to sign in, turn on their VPN, etc as required. The PDF document is either coming directly from the publisher or is the publisher's version (according to unpaywall data) but held in a repository such as PubMed Central, EuroPMC or a university repository.
Article Link The same as the above with the exception that the user will NOT see a PDF, they will see a web page which either has the full text in HTML or also has the PDF, but one more link is required to access it.
Manuscript PDF The article has been found in the form of an Accepted Manuscript in a repository. While the content has been peer-reviewed it is unlikely to be formatted for publishing so may appear as an unformatted Word Document, etc. These documents never require authentication.
Manuscript Link Same as the above, except one more click is required to get to the PDF, if the PDF is even available. No authentication is required.
Access Options The library's link resolver will be linked here.

What other integrations does it offer?

In Google Scholar, when you have Nomad extension installed and configured, LibKey Nomad will automatically tell Google Scholar the institution you belong to so that the library's "library links" will show up.

On In-Line Enhanced Sites, LibKey Nomad will automatically insert context-aware links and cover images giving you faster and easier access to resources. Sites include: PubMed, Wikipedia, Web of Science, Scopus, EMBASE, UpToDate, Micromedex.

Example on PubMed
   LibKey on PubMed image

Proxy Bookmarklet: Installation instructions

Install Proxy Bookmarklet in your preferred browser

Refer to the Installation Instructions in this guide, on how to install the proxy bookmarklet for different browsers. After installing, you can then use the bookmarklet on any vendor/publisher (e.g JSTOR or ScienceDirect) page that requires payment or login to view full text.

Google Chrome Chrome
  1. Click (hold) and drag this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet> to the "Bookmarks" bar.
    If you don't see your Bookmark bar, go to the top right, click the "Customize and control Google Chrome icon" chromeoptions > select Settings > under the Appearance section, select Show bookmarks bar button. 
    Alternatively press Ctrl + Shift + B.
Moxilla Firefox 
  1. Right click on this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet>
  2. Select "Bookmark This Link".
    Alternatively, click (hold) and drag the link to the "Bookmarks" toolbar.
Internet Explorer :
  1. Right click on this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet>.
  2. Select "Add to favorites...".
  3. If you wish to add to "Links", go to "Favorites" and drag and drop the bookmarklet to "Links".
Safari safari
  1. Click (hold) and drag this link <NUS Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet> to the "Bookmarks" bar.
Microsoft Edge edge
  1. You need to first save the bookmarklet into Internet Explorer or Chrome, then import the favorites into Edge. If you have existing favorites in Edge, you would need to delete them before re-importing.
Mac users Mac

   If you are having problems doing drag and drop in Safari or Chrome safari, do the following:

  1. Create a new bookmark of any page.
  2. Go into the browser and edit the name and the URL of the bookmarklet you just created. The name can be anything you choose but the URL should be ​javascript:void(location.href=''+location.href);​

Other alternative browsers (e.g Opera):

  1. In theory you can use any of the links above (e.g the link for Firefox) to create a bookmarklet as per the normal steps for that browser. However the library and most library databases from vendors do not officially support alternative browsers, so it is not advisable to surf library resources using these browsers. Even if the proxy bookmarklet works other problems might crop up.