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LibKey Nomad

How to install and use the LibKey Nomad browser extension to access scholarly articles


LibKey Nomad is a browser extension which facilitates full-text access to scholarly articles available through Merritt College's database subscriptions and Open Access journals. It works on pages originating from scholarly publishers as well as a few select domains such as Wikipedia and PubMed.

It is often discouraging to be doing online research and to discover that articles you are interested in are unavailable to you due to a paywall. Save time and increase your efficiency by downloading Nomad; the browser extension will investigate published reference lists and will indicate which scholarly articles you have one-click, free access to via Merritt College.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Nomad is functional on desktop and laptop browsers only; it does not work with mobile/tablet browers.

How To Install Nomad

  • On your desktop/laptop, go to the Download Libkey Nomad website. Select the Get LibKey Nomad Now button.

  • Select the browser you are using.













  • Follow the extension installation process for your browser. Most browsers will require you to accept an acknowledgment that you do want to install Nomad. To proceed, make sure you select the buttons to Add Extension (the example below is for Chrome).


  • Select Merritt College from the dropdown menu.


That's it! Good job! You've installed Nomad!


Using Nomad

Nomad will automatically scan publisher webpages to look for scholarly article DOIs/URLs and will determine if you have free access. You may have access as a Merritt College student or because the article has been published in an Open Access format. If a webpage contains accessible articles, you will see a "Provided by Merritt College" Nomad logo in the bottom left of the screen.

Look through the page to find the Nomad article links. Note that it may take a few minutes for all of the Nomad links to appear, particularly on pages with a lot of links.

The Nomad links will be located next to the URL in the page, often found with article citations in a reference list. 

 This will take you to a PDF on your screen or you will be prompted to download a PDF.  If authentication is required (for example, if you are off-campus), you will be prompted to sign in with your Peralta email and password. The PDF document is either coming directly from the publisher or is the publisher's version but is held in a repository such as PubMed Central or a university repository.

  The same as the above with the exception that you will not see a PDF immediately; you will see a web page which has the full text in HTML and may also have a link to the 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 should not require Peralta authentication. 


This is an example of what a Wikipedia page (reference list) looks like with Nomad activated:










Select the Nomad links to be taken to the article. Note that not all articles in the reference list have Nomad links; only the articles you have free access to are linked.