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    Introduction and Frequently Asked Questions for Newspaper Search

    If you are working with Primo VE and not Primo, see Frequently Asked Questions for Newspaper Search.


    The Newspaper Search enables easier newspaper content and collection access through a dedicated search option for users. The newspaper search provides access to over a billion newspaper articles and news resources, expanding coverage of this over 350 collections previously not available through Primo Central. Available to users of the new Primo UI, this enhancement improves the discovery of scholarly content in Primo by excluding newspaper articles from the main search.

    The key features include the following:

    • A separate search environment with the same look and feel as the Primo main search and results pages with the same configuration options for pagination, navigation, and sort options and facets
    • Seamless integration with the main search with a newspaper resource facet that links the user directly from the main Primo result list to the newspaper search result list
    • A featured newspaper lobby page that you can use to promote access to newspapers that are most important to your users
    • Access to more than 350 newspaper collections - many more than previously available

    Activation and configuration of the new feature is performed through the Primo Back Office.

    With the new feature enabled, news items are removed from the standard Primo Central search results, increasing its focus on scholarly content.

    To allow users to access the centrally-indexed newspaper content, Primo provides the following options:

    • The search box on the new Newspaper Search page allows users to search from all centrally-indexed newspaper collections, all featured newspapers, or a specific featured newspaper category.


    • The Featured Newspapers section on the new Newspaper Search page allows end users to view and search featured newspaper categories that are configured by staff.


    • On the results page for regular searches that include the Primo Central index, the following options will allow users to access the centrally-indexed newspaper content, which no longer displays in regular searches:

      • The Newspapers search facet value has been added under the Resource Type facet in the Tweak my results section.


      • The Newspapers Search link will display after the last record on the Brief Results page.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How is Newspaper Search Going to Affect Blended Searches?

      Primo will no longer return centrally-indexed newspaper content in regular searches that include the Primo Central index. All centrally-indexed newspaper content is returned exclusively by Newspaper Search.

      All locally-indexed newspaper content will continue to be returned in regular searches.

    2. How do I enable or disable Newspaper Search?

      Newspaper Search is enabled by configuring both of the following fields in the Primo Back Office:

      • The Newspapers Search check box in the Institution Wizard (Primo Home > Ongoing Configuration Wizards > Institution Wizard) enables the feature at the institution level.

      • The Display link to Newspapers Search check box in the Views Wizard (Primo Home > Ongoing Configuration Wizards > Views Wizard) allows you to enable/disable the feature per view.

      For additional configuration information, see Configuring Newspaper Search for Primo.

    3. What configuration options are available for the new Newspaper Search interface?

      Apart from enabling and disabling Newspaper Search, you will also be able to control the display of Featured Newspapers on the Newspaper Search page. This section will be turned on by default, but it will only display after you have uploaded newspapers of your choice to be featured. For information on how enable and configure Featured Newspapers, see Configuring Featured Newspapers for Primo.

      As with all other Primo features, all labels and text are configured with code tables.

    4. How do I know what collections are part of the Newspaper search?

      The collections (including all new ones) are listed in the collection list of your institutional profile, which is accessible via the Primo Back Office.

      We have added two new filters: one that identifies collections that contain newspaper content that is available to both the Primo Central index and Newspaper Search, and another that identifies newspaper collections that are only available to Newspaper Search. The latter filter helps you especially if you are testing Newspaper Search on your sandbox because there are a number of new collections that are only available in Newspaper Search. This may explain some of the differences that you will see in the number of search results between your sandbox (which has enabled Newspaper Search) and the production environment that displays newspaper content only from the Primo Central index.  

      You can activate and deactivate newspaper collections for search and delivery in the same way as all the other Primo Central collections. We recommend that you only activate newspaper collections to which your subscription includes full text because their search activations will indicate that content is available to the user.

    5. What happens with hybrid collections? Are they part of Newspaper Search, and will they still appear in the results for the classic Primo UI?

      Once you activate Newspaper Search, the newspaper content will appear only in the new Newspaper Search interface. This also applies to hybrid collections such as aggregator databases that contain—for example, journal articles as well as newspaper articles. While the newspaper articles will move to Newspaper Search, the journal articles will continue to display in searches using the Primo Central index.

    6. How can I ensure that the newspapers I subscribe to are flagged as available?

      Because most newspaper collections are not selective, they are set to available at the collection level. This happens automatically as soon as you activate a collection in the collections list of your institutional profile for search.

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