Answered By: Elizabeth Lowe
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2019     Views: 26

What is Kopernio?

Kopernio is a free browser extension that enables one-click access to journal articles from thousands of academic websites.

How do I install Kopernio?

Download the free Kopernio plugin – this installs the extension locally in your browser (available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera; see special instructions for Opera).

You will be asked to register and select ‘University of Liverpool’ as your institution.
Kopernio will appear as an icon in the address / bookmark bar on your browser: 

Before installing Kopernio, read and make sure you are happy with their data principles on how they collect and store data, and their terms and privacy policy.

What does Kopernio do?

Kopernio will automatically activate when you search from any one the 20,000 scholarly websites currently supported.

When viewing a journal article, Kopernio will check for the best available PDF of the full text – prioritizing the publisher’s platform first, but also checking sources such as open access and institutional repositories, and other resources paid for by the library.

When Kopernio notices you’re viewing a journal article on a scholarly website, this icon will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen:

When you hover over this, you’ll see where Kopernio has found full text options.  Click this to view the full text Kopernio has found.

Why do I have to register?

You need to associate yourself with the University of Liverpool so that Kopernio is able to check if you can access the journal article because of a subscription paid for by the library.

Kopernio will prompt you to login using your MWS username / password while it is checking for a PDF, if you’re off campus.  You will only need to login once.

Also, once you've registered, PDFs you access via Kopernio are stored in the cloud in your personal "Locker" and are automatically synced between devices.  Access your locker from the Kopernio icon in the bookmarks bar.

Where can I find out more?

Watch a short (under 3 minutes) video
View the Getting Started Guide
Read the FAQs 

What are the limitations?

Kopernio can not deliver the full text for articles from some databases to which the library subscribes.  These include Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Health Research Premium, LWW Total Access and Lexis Library.   If Kopernio does not offer a full text option, try checking the Journal name on the eJournals page to see if we have access via an alternative route.

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