LibKey is an API, or application programming interface, from Third Iron that works with Library Services' subscriptions to provide quick, one-click access to the full text of journal articles available to Springfield College users. Currently LibKey has three products available: LibKey Discovery, LibKey Nomad, and LibKey Link.
While some of the features of LibKey utilize the BrowZine platform, it is not necessary to have a BrowZine account to take advantage of their functionality. Users may need to log in with their PrideNet ID and password when connecting to the full text of articles.
LibKey Discovery works with Library Services' Quick Search database. When viewing results, LibKey Discovery allows you to connect directly to the PDF of an article with just one click.
LibKey Discovery also provides a link to the complete issue of a journal. This allows for browsing the table of contents for the issue in which an article appears, increasing discoverability of similar articles from the same publication.
LibKey Nomad is a Chrome browser extension that connects users with library-licensed and open access full text articles. Users are automatically directed to the best available version of an article so there is no need to search multiple places. When the full text is not available you will be provided with options to request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
LibKey Nomad does not require the creation of a personal account, it does not track users or hold credentials, and it is only active when on the web page of a scholarly publisher or database.
When browsing publisher and other web pages, LibKey Nomad provides a link to download the PDF of an article available through the Library Services. It is not necessary to first connect through the Library Services website. If the full text is not available through the Springfield College subscriptions, a button for "Access Options" will appear and you will be connected to options for requesting the article through ILL.
LibKey Nomad also works with Wikipedia. When viewing the list of references for an entry, a "Download PDF" button will appear after the citations that full text is available for through Library Services. An "Article Link" button may appear for citations that are from sources that do not support linking directly to the PDF. For articles not available from Library Services, an "Access Options..." button will appear that provides options for requesting the articles through ILL.
When searching PubMed, LibKey Nomad shows options for downloading a PDF, linking to an article, or additional access options, and you can view the cover images of the journals that articles appear in. LibKey Nomad also provides a link to the complete issue of a journal. This allows for browsing the table of contents for the issue in which an article appears, increasing discoverability of similar articles from the same publication.
LibKey Link works with PubMed to connect users directly to the full text PDF of an article. It works with all browsers. When the full text is not available through Library Services, you will be provided with options to request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
To use LibKey Link, first connect to PubMed through Library Services. When viewing citations, click on the white Get It button to connect to the PDF of an article (if available).