Answered By: Colin Magee
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2020     Views: 719

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Primo is the library’s search engine. Primo searches the library’s 100+ databases at the same time, generating search results that contain articles (scholarly and magazine/news), books (from the library and electronic), and videos (from the library and streaming).  Basically it searches all of the library’s collections all in one place.

Primo isn’t a database.  It links you into the databases from the search results.  Use it when you want to find a lot of different types of information on a topic, or when you’re just starting out your research.  While Primo offers the convenience of searching everything in one interface, sometimes the amount of information retrieved can be very overwhelming.



Use the search box to conduct a basic search.  You can also conduct an advanced search, or use the dropdown menus below the search box to narrow your search.
“All items”: You can narrow your search to specific resource types, like books or articles
“That contain my query words”: you can narrow your search for results that contain an exact phrase or that begin with your search terms
“Anywhere in the record”: you can specify that the search terms be located anywhere, in the title, subject, author’s name, etc.



Search results are sorted by relevance.  Unless you specify otherwise, Primo will try and find results that contain your search terms in the titles. 

Notice that your search results will contain a mixture of articles, books, and videos.  Mostly everythingn in your search results will be located in the online databases, but sometimes the items are located in the library and are available for checkout.

You can further limit your search results by selecting a different facet on the right side:

Each item located in the Primo search results is “tagged” with different subject headings.  For example, items about a recent school shooting might be tagged with “school violence,” “school shooting,” “school bullying,” etc.  You can click relevant subjects and that will pull out all the items from your search results that are tagged with that specific subject heading.

Resource type:
By default, you will see a mixture of articles, books, and videos in your search results.  You can select which publication type/source type you want in your search results.

Creation date:
Choose a range of dates for your search results.  For example, you can show results published from the last 12 months, last 5 years, last 10 years, etc. 



In your search results, you’ll want to click where it says “Available online” to bring up the item’s record and a separate window loads overtop of Primo.  In the section where it says “View Online,” you’ll see a list of one or more databases that contain the article/book/video.  In the example below, the same article is located in the EBSCOhost Sociological Collection, as well as the Gale Academic OneFile and the Gale Criminal Justice Collection.  Click on any one of these links to link into the corresponding database.  You will leave Primo and enter the database.


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