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Sacred Heart University Library Newsletter for Faculty No. 19 (October 2019)

Mid-semester: Never Enough Time!

Never Enough Time! Six Ways to Save It

Do you already feel like you've fallen behind? 

Especially with your own scholarly work?

It's mid-semester: time to feel the crunch!  Time is the coin of the realm for faculty --anything that takes a lot of time is expensive.  The Library suggests 1 app and 5 browser extensions to help you use your limited time more happily and productively.  Icons for all the extensions will appear in your browser's toolbar.

You need not use all of these --even one will save you time.  All are easy to set up and easy to learn.

A Quick Plan for Browzine + Four Browser Extensions

Here's a Quick Plan to Save Time:  (time required: about 8 minutes)
  • See the other pages of this newsletter for more detailed information about each of these apps or extensions.

  • Set up your Browzine in your browser
    • Your account name & password should not be exactly the same as your current SHU ID and password.  (SHU password will change in about six months; the Browzine password does not have to change.)
    • Be sure to select "Sacred Heart University" as your library, and enter your SHU ID and Password so the proxy service will work. (Browzine does not store this private information on any server; it stays on your workstation or device.) . If you have credentials to use another library that has Browzine, you can choose that library as well, and switch back and forth.
  • Add LibKey Nomad to Chrome and set up your library as Sacred Heart University.
  • Add the Zotero Connector, if you don't have it already, so that you can add citations to your Zotero libraries directly through your browser.
  • Add Unpaywall, which is a fast way to find legal open-access copy of articles and book chapters.
  • Add Google Scholar Button, which helps you to switch your Google searches to Google Scholar with one click.


Academic Journals in a Browse-able Format

BrowZine is an app for browsers and Apple or Android phones and devices that helps you flip through the Library's scholarly e-journals. Browzine has sorted our e-journals into broad subjects and then into narrower disciplines. You can save and organize your most-used e-journals on virtual bookshelves saved to your account. The result is an easy to browse through, read, and monitor your favorite journals.


Getting Started

Browzine can be used two ways:

Browzine Using Your Web Browser (Easy To Do This First!)

1. Open your favorite web browser.
2. Go to
3. Click Choose My Library
4. Select Sacred Heart University.
5. Go to Settings(Upper right corner)
6. Under BrowZine Account, click Login
7. Click Sign up create an account. You do not need to use your SHU account here, but when you use BrowZine off-campus you will be prompted to authenticate using your SHU ID and password.
8. Browse journals by clicking BrowZine Library, or search for journal by title, subject, or ISSN. Add journals to your bookshelf by clicking on a journal, then clicking Add To My Bookshelf.

Browzine App for Smart Phones and Tables

1. Download the free BrowZine app by going to the app store for your device and search for "browzine."
2. Select Sacred Heart University from the list.
3. You will be prompted to log in with the account you created in the Browzine web app.  If you use BrowZine from off campus, you will be prompted to authenticate with your Career Account.
4. You will see the same account and journals you set up using the web app.


What Browzine Can Do

You can use Browzine to:
  • Search for journals using A-Z List, or browse by Subject
  • Create Bookshelves of your favorite journals by subject or headings of your choice
  • Read complete journal issues, or skip to sections from the table of contents
  • Receive alerts when a new journal issue or edition is published
  • Save to Zotero, Dropbox, or share persistent links using social media
  • For more information, see the Browzine Knowledgebase

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad: One-click access to millions of scholarly articles.

LibKey Nomad and finds .pdfs of articles in Wikipedia, PubMed, and nearly all of the library’s databases.  LibKey Nomad uses the same knowledgebase (list of journals) that Browzine uses, which is regularly updated by the Library. LibKey Nomad also integrates visually directly in PubMed search results and Wikipedia documents.  This makes PubMed search results far more useful to novice researchers.  It can also scan results of Google (and other search engines), and identify results available through the library.  You don't have to establish a login or identity to use LibKey Nomad, and you can change institutions if you have credentials for another academic library that uses it.

Available on: Chrome (ThirdIron is working on a Firefox add-on)

Setup: You will have to choose a library (Sacred Heart University —see the image below), but you do not have to establish an account (unlike Kopernio). Go to the Technical FAQ for more information.

Pros/Cons: Pro: LibKey Nomad more accurately guides you to Library journal subscriptions and databases (updated). It respects your privacy, and is visually clear. Best to use with PubMed. Con: Does not offer a “locker” for article storage; does not format citations.  NB If you use both Kopernio and LibKey Nomad, the “flag” popups in the lower left-hand corner of your screen may overlay each other.

LibKey Nomad screen

Zotero Connector

Zotero Connector allow you to save citations to Zotero directly from your web browser

Zotero Connector

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.

Works on: Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Do not go to an extension store: go to this Zotero download page, and the page will determine which browser you are using, and offer you the correct connector. 

Usage: Zotero Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.  The Zotero application must be open.  When you click on the connector icon, a list will open with your Zotero collections, and you can add the citation to the one you choose.  If you use Opera or Microsoft Edge, a bookmarklet is available, which also works on iOS and Android devices.

Pros/Cons: Zotero is easy to use, comes in many language, and has vigorous community support. You can configure some options by right-clicking the Connector icon (or Command/click in Mac). Con: Some find that Zotero is not visually appealing, and some also find Zotero itself to be confusing.



Unpaywall points you to legal, author-posted manuscripts that are hosted on university and government web servers --usually versions that have been posted with the full and explicit authorization of the publishers themselves. Unpaywall compiles one record for every article with a Crossref DOI*, and matches those DOIs to over 50,000 open access content sources.  For any given DOI, Unpaywall should know about any OA version that exists anywhere. A canonical reference paper (from PeerJ) describes the scale of open access.  Unpaywall does not index articles in ResearchGate and (because of legal questions), or authors’ personal websites. 

(*A DOI is a Digital Object Identifier, a unique long number that permanently identifies an article or document.)

Available on: Chrome, Firefox

Set-up: Follow Chrome or Firefox instructions to install the extension.

Usage: When an open-access version of an article is available, a green or gold unpaywall icon will appear on the right-hand margin of the screen.  Click on the icon will resolve the DOI and provide a full-text version of the article.  An FAQ explains more how unpaywall works.  Unpaywall is a project of Impactstory, “a nonprofit building tools to help make scholarly research more open, accessible, and reusable” –a clear business model.

Pros/Cons: Easy to use; Easy to set up; Identifies the “flavor” of an articles open access (green or gold); Con: Indexes open access content only, and may not index articles on an author’s personal website

Google Scholar Button

Google Scholar Button -- search Scholar easily

The Google Scholar Button provides quick access to Google Scholar from any web page via a pop-up window that finds citations when you click on the Google Scholar icon (left).  It can help find full text on the web or via the University Library, and transfer your query from an open web search to Google Scholar.  It can also format references in several widely-used styles.

For more information, see: this guide from the University of Pennsylvania.  Google Scholar can search articles, patents, and case law.

Available on: Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

Set-Up: Follow the instructions for Chrome or Firefox. In order to save settings, you must be logged into your Google account.  You can set a few options by going to or clicking on the little gear icon in the popup window.

Pros/Cons: Easy access to Google Scholar from any web page; some ability to find full text in SHU Library. References can be formatted in widely-used styles by clicking on the quotation-mark icon on the right side of the Google Scholar popup window. Con: Library links work best on campus and are iffy off-campus; access through the library’s proxy service is spotty; usage is governed by the ever-shifting Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Kopernio: Save time accessing full-text PDFs


Kopernio finds articles and research papers in .pdf format on 20,000 academic platorms, and works with the Library’s proxy service.   After it locates and presents the .pdf, Kopernio integrates with Mendeley, EndNote, Dropbox, and Zotero for easy export and bibliographic citation.  See the Kopernio FAQ for more information – especially What is Kopernio and how do I use it?  Kopernio works through the library’s proxy when you are off-campus.  It does many of the same things that LibKey Nomad does, but with Kopernio you have to set up a login -—on the other hand, you can store some articles in its "locker."

Available on: Chrome, Firefox

Set-up: Install the extension in Chrome or Firefox, and open it by clicking on the icon in the toolbar. Identify Sacred Heart University Library as your library, and you can save this setting by creating a free account in Kopernio.  After you register, you can try the example search, or simply search Google Scholar.  You will see green “View PDF” icons appearing where Kopernio can locate a copy, and you can save it to your “locker,” share it, download it, and download an .ris citation to load into bibliographic management software.

Pros/Cons:Easy to use; already set up to work with SHU Library resources; Con: Owned by Clarivate (Web of Science); “freemium” but you get premium if you get a friend to use it (low bar); business model is unclear. NB If you use both Kopernio and LibKey Nomad, the “flag” popups in the lower left-hand corner of your screen may overlay each other.