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You can search very easily in Primo. Just type one or more words that you are looking for and click the Search button. If you enter multiple words, Primo will return results that contain all of the specified terms.
Once you are familiar with the basic Primo search, you might want to try doing more with the Search panel or use the Advanced Search option (see Performing Advanced Searches). Both of these options offer numerous features for making your searches more precise and enable you to get results that are more useful.
For searches that include results from the Central Index, the results and ranking of records from the Central Index may be handled differently from other records. For more details, see Search and Ranking in CDI.
You may search for titles using ISBNs and ISSNs with or without hyphens. If you are not getting expected results with hyphens, please try your search again without hyphens.
How Can I Do More with the Search Panel?
( ) – Parentheses allow you to group search terms and alter the order of precedence. For more information, see Grouping Terms Within a Query.
AND and NOT – left-to-right precedence is used in case of multiple operators.
OR – left-to-right precedence is used in case of multiple operators.
- honey bee communication – Primo treats the entire query as a phrase and returns results in which all of the words may be closer together.
- honey bee AND communication – Primo treats honey bee and communication as separate phrases and returns results in which both phrases may not be as close together. Note that this is handled differently for records from the Central Index (see Search and Ranking in CDI).
- Primo assumes that you are searching for all of the words unless you type OR or NOT between words and phrases.
- For right-to-left languages (such as Hebrew), the precedence is right-to-left.
- Searches are not case-sensitive.
Searching for a Phrase
If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.
If a comma is used to separate words in a list, the comma must be followed by a space. Otherwise, the system will consider the comma to be part of the word and return fewer results than expected.
Searching for Any Specified Words or Phrases
Excluding Words or Phrases
Searching Using Wildcard Characters
? – enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.
* – enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.
Grouping Terms Within a Query
Selecting Your Search Scope
Using the Central Index Search Scope
CDI (Central Discovery Index) is a centralized search index that encompasses tens of millions of records of global or regional significance that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators. To search from these resources, select a search scope that includes articles from various databases.
If you want to receive results for CDI items that do not contain full text, select the Expand My Results check box.
Controlled Vocabulary Service
The Controlled Vocabulary service (which is similar to AutoComplete) expands user searches with words and phrases that constitute variations of the search term with the same meaning, thereby increasing the accuracy of the users' searches. The expansions are visible on the screen and add, for example, variations of the search term with the same meaning (example ADHD and attention deficit disorder, or name variations such as assata shakur and asata shakur).
Users are provided with an option to revert to using only their original search term. For example, if the user enters heart attack in the query, Primo also returns results that include myocardial infarction. If the user is interested only in results that include heart attack, the user can click the link to the right of the recommendation.