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Tutorials for Primo
PRIMO run-through with search tips (00:17:31)
Overview of some of the many tools in Primo, the library's main search engine, that help you save and cite what you find. Also, some librarian search tips to make your searches more productive and help you think about what you're finding.
Tutorials for databases
Tutorials from HCC Libraries:
How to Use Literature Databases Video Instruction
As you gather results
Tools in library's search engines—the catalog and databases—can help.
Save your results
- Notice links to save results, capture permalinks, or email them to yourself.
- If you email:
- You may be able add a subject line or notes to remember why you're saving the item.
- Create a folder for that assignment and move to it any pertinent emails.
Whichever method you choose, try saving everything in one place for the same assignment.
Save anything that looks promising
- You can go back to it and really engage with it later.
- When you start writing you can sift through and decide what to keep, or not.
- It's common—and helpful—to gather more sources than you end up using.
Use citation help
- Look the citation tool in a library databse. It could be a link labeled cite or citation help.
- The citation tool will give you example citations in APA, MLA, and other popular formats.
- Also refer to this Citation Guide
Notice other helpful tools
For example, some databases provide translations and audio recordings of articles.
Note new search terms
- Read over what you find.
- A quick way to do this:
- Scan the Details, Summary, or Abstract on the screen after you click the title.
- Why it helps to do this:
- Gives you additional keywords or search terms to try.
- Helps you think about your topic and start writing your paper in your head.
- Notice linked Subject terms—usually underneath the Abstract, Summary, or Details of an item. They may lead to other useful sources.
Notice links to similar or related results
- Some databases will display, on the results screen, links to other resources that are related to your search.
- They might say something like, More like this—or—Find similar results.
Evaluate the sources you are finding
When using the library catalog or a database, NOTICE the many tools provided to help you save, cite, and think about what you find.