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Trying a better way to link to full text of journal articles

LibKey -- for better, smoother access to full text articles

February 2023 -- Our linking systems have not been working well for some situations.  Right now, we're trying LibKey in APPsearch (the default), in our other EBSCO databases, in Web of Science, and in ProQuest searches.  Not everywhere yet.

You'll still see our red and white buttons to take you to full text (every time) and our yellow Find@ASU to take you full text (some of the time), but we'll have an additional red and white LibKey Instant PDF button that should be more consistent than Find@ASU.

How it appears in APPsearch, the bottom two buttons here:

In other EBSCO databases, you'll see two yellow Find@ASU buttons on some results.  LibKey is the leftside button.

In Web of Science, LibKey is the Find Full Text button on the far left, for every result.

In ProQuest databases, it's the LibKey Instant PDF button.

In APPsearch and in ProQuest, LibKey only appears when it will take you to full text (and other buttons will not).  In other EBSCO databases and Web of Science, it  will not necessarily get you to immediate full text, but it should increase it should improve your odds.


Let me know what you think (, but it's designed to not be much noticed, since you'll be focused on the article.

I've noticed LibKey's View Complete Issue button sometimes helps also..

Where LibKey should especially help

LibKey should especially help:

If you're not searching in APPsearch or other EBSCO databases, and you're looking for a journal that we only have through EBSCO.  Most notably APA journals, but there are a wide range of these that we only have through EBSCO.   When we add LibKey, this should make it easier to work in PubMed, Web of Science, and ProQuest databases. Also probably in Google Scholar (and one GS' main competitors, The Lens, includes LibKey links as a standard).

Accessing Open Access articles, in some OA journals, but especially the scattered OA articles mixed in with paywalled articles, in "hybrid" journals.

Anywhere else where LibKey recognizes that we have full text, but the other direct red and white links are not going to appear.

EBSCO only journals -- some examples

APA: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

ASHA: Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, American Journal of Audiology

Other: North Carolina Historical Review, British Journal of Nursing, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Harvard Business Review, American Journal of Bioethics

Open Access journals

Open Access articles -- examples

Taylor & Francis Hybrid and Bronze OA articles, 2022-

Nature Hybrid and Bronze OA articles, 2022- , excluding Nature

You may also use the page with DOI numbers.  (I'll be using that when I spot something while on my phone.)  And there's a browser extension, LibKey Nomad, which will add LibKey links in article search interfaces, like Google Scholar.  You might spot them elsewhere, like in Wikipedia articles too.

Sharing articles should be easier.  Here's one example using,

Bartsch, Kendall. 2022. “Emergence of New Public Discovery Services: Connecting Open Web Searchers to Library Content.” The Serials Librarian 82 (1–4): 127–30.
This link does work also, which is not always the case.  But this is one that our Find@ASU missed, since this journal is not usually available to us.  The article is Open Access in a hybrid journal.

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