Answered By: Laura Percival
Last Updated: May 31, 2023     Views: 254

LibKey and BrowZine are library discovery tools which we are trialling for a short period. We'd really love for you to give these tools a go! The aim is to make finding articles an easier, more consistent experience. Your feedback is really important to us, so once you've had chance to use these tools please send us your feedback. We're offering a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher for everyone who completes the survey.


BCU Library Search

You'll find LibKey and BrowZine automatically embedded in BCU Library Search. Every time you do a search, you'll see these options appear in many of the search results.

Download PDF and View Issue Contents

  • The "download PDF" button will take you to the article via the LibKey platform. This simplifies the process of signing in and navigating different publisher's websites.
  • The "view issue contents" button opens the journal on the BrowZine platform, where you can browse the rest of the contents of the journal.


Browsing BCU Library Journals

You can directly search/browse our entire catalogue of online journals via the BrowZine platform - you'll also find the "view issue contents" option embedded on many of the results within BCU Library Search.

If you prefer browsing via your mobile or tablet, download the app.

Browzine journal library

Create an account to save journals to your personal bookshelf.

Please note: As this is a trial, you may lose any saved items once the trial ends at the end of the Summer Term.


Expand your discovery online with the LibKey Nomad Browser Extension

We recommend trying the LibKey Nomad browser extension to improve discovery via the open web.

Sign into your BCU account via the extension to see available PDF links to articles wherever you are online, for example Wikipedia references:

Download/Access buttons displaying in Wiki reference list


Try LibKey within selected databases

We've also embedded LibKey within a few of our databases (EBSCOHost and ProQuest databases), as well as Google Scholar. You can browse the A-Z of Databases as well as search for them within BCU Library Search.

Comments (2)

  1. Hello Please, keep both LibKey and BrowZine. These are fantastic search tools, which will help, academic staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate in their research and search for references and resources.
    by Dr. Mohamed Hawela on May 27, 2023
  2. I really love the direct to PDFs, makes my life so much easier. Also, the browser plugin is great, as it makes me aware when an article or ebook is available to download.
    by PhD Student on Jun 01, 2023

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