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Get to know PRIMO (3:42)
Play this short video to get the basics on PRIMO and how you can search it to find sources.
Here are some search examples
Let's say our research question is: Does using social media hurt college students' ability to communicate in-person? Below are some different searches with strategies explained:
"college students" and "social media" and communication
Putting "quotation marks" around words that go together searches them as a phrase, or one term.
"and" between terms tells the search engine to return only results containing all the words.
Same search, filtered by
Resource Type: Books.
Filter your results to make them more precise.
Depending on your device, filters appear to the left of results, or above them at the filter icon
"college students" and "social media" and communication and "face to face" or "in person"
Adding more words makes your search more specific.
You can delete or reset your filters. Here, we are filtering by Publication Date and selecting a desired year range.
"or" between terms tells the search engine to return results containing either one term or other - which is broader than using "or."
Keep in mind
Work from the general to the specific.
Stay organized to save time and frustration.
Keep track of what you find and where you found it.
Better to gather more sources than you'll actually end up citing.
Notice what's on the screen! Read it!
Library search engines and databases include useful tools, such as:
Citation, email, saving, printing, translation, and more..
Library search engines and databases provide multiple ways to filter your results, such as:
By format, subject, date range of publication, peer-reviewed articles, and more.
Ask a librarian.