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Nomad Article Finder Plugin for Google Chrome: Home

Explains what Nomad is and how to install and use the plugin

What is Nomad?

Libkey Nomad logoLibKey Nomad, or just Nomad, is a browser plugin for Google Chrome that helps you find journal article PDFs quickly and easily.  Once you install the plugin, it will scan the web pages you are reading for journal article identifiers.  When it senses that the page you are reading contains an article, it will locate a PDF copy and display a consistent, easy-to-find button for downloading the PDF. If no PDF is readily available, the Nomad button makes it easy to order the article from the library by giving you a link to our Document Delivery tool and automatically filling in all of the correct information. Nomad does not collect any data about you or your searches, and no login or account is required. 

Nomad also integrates directly into PubMed, providing PDF download buttons and journal cover images in result lists. Nomad is currently available only for Google Chrome, but future releases may include versions for other browsers. Google Chrome is available for installation from the Mayo Dock. Follow the instructions below to install and use Nomad. 

Installing Nomad

NOTE: Beginning on 09/14/2020, any Mayo PC with Google Chrome will automatically have the Nomad plugin installed. 

Follow these steps to install the Nomad plugin:

  1. Open Google Chrome. Chrome icon
    If you have not already installed it, Chrome is available in the Mayo Dock
  2. In the Chrome window, type "Chrome libkey nomad" in the address bar and choose the first result, or if you have this guide open in Chrome, open this link.
  3. Click the "Add to Chrome" button in the upper right corner of the page: Add to Chrome button
  4. A small popup window will appear. Click the "Add Extension" button. Add extension button
    Note: The popup window explains that Nomad can "read and change all your data on the websites you visit".  Nomad must be able to read the pages and change them to add download buttons. No data about you or your searches is tracked.  
  5. After the plugin installs, it will prompt you to select your institution.  Choose "Mayo Clinic Libraries" from the dropdown.

Nomad choose institution screenshot

  1. The plugin is now ready to use. You can close the window and proceed to browse normally.  Instructions for using Nomad are to the right. 




What about Kopernio?

Kopernio and Nomad both do the same thing: link you to articles quickly by scanning webpages for DOIs. Once they find a DOI, they link you to the publisher’s copy of record, or another source if the publisher isn’t available.

The library has decided to standardize on Nomad over Kopernio for several reasons:

  1. Nomad knows our library holdings and can route you to full-text more quickly.  It can also send requests to our Document Delivery system if we don’t have the item you want.
  2. Nomad offers some additional features in PubMed that Kopernio doesn’t have: it adds journal cover images and links to issue table-of-contents and the Browzine e-journal reader.
  3. Nomad is easier to set up and doesn’t require you to create an account.

If you prefer Kopernio over Nomad, you can continue to use it without any issues.  Try both, and see which one you like better! 

Using Nomad to Find Article PDFs

Follow these steps to use the Nomad plugin for finding articles:

  1. Search for journal articles as you normally would using PubMed, Google Scholar, or library databases.
  2. As you browse pages containing articles, Nomad will add a button to the lower left corner of your screen linking directly to PDF files.
    Nomad icon screenshot
  3. In cases where a PDF is not available, Nomad will link you directly to a full-text version of the the article for printing, or to the library's Document Delivery service for easy ordering. 
  4. Nomad also adds buttons to search result lists within PubMed interface:
  • Journal cover images link to Browzine, an e-journal subscription tool.
  • "Download PDF" buttons link directly to article PDF files.
  • "Access options" buttons link to Document Delivery for article ordering.
  • "View Complete Issue" buttons link to the table of contents for that journal issue .
    PubMed interface with Nomad Plugin active

If you have questions about Nomad or any other library tools, contact the library at or 4-2061.