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First, choose some keywords before you start searching
This three-minute video shows how to develop good keywords for effective searching in the library catalog and databases. From Norwich Library.
Next, search PRIMO - HCC Libraries new catalog and general search
For your convenience, the search box below takes you right into PRIMO without having to navigate back to the HCC Libraries Online link in Canvas. Once you're in PRIMO, be sure you're signed in—look for your name at the top of the PRIMO screen.
Library search tools, such as PRIMO and the individual databases, usually work best by starting with just a few important search terms, or keywords. If using PRIMO, be sure to sign in first with your NetID.
Using the question, "Are driverless cars safe?" here are some example searches.
Academic OneFile (Gale)This link opens in a new window• USE: Search for keywords, authors, titles, or subjects. Try using search operators, such as "AND’, quotation marks, and wildcards, which are explained below the Advanced Search bars in Search Tips. Under Search Limiters, check “Peer-Reviewed Journals” if that's what you need.
• TIPS: The search results page has more search filters on the left (publication date, subjects, etc.) and resource categories at the top (academic, magazines, books, etc.). You can also try using the “Topic Finder” to visually narrow down your topic. Sources for the narrowed-down topic will be displayed on the right. Once you’ve found and clicked on an article/item, you can often find RelatedSubjects or Keywords listed to aid in your search. You can also use that item’s bibliography or references, or “More Like This” to find more related sources.
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)This link opens in a new window• USE: Search for keywords, authors, titles, or subjects. Try adding AND between words
for results with both words, or OR between words for results with either or both words.
Add quotation marks around phrases to search for the exact phrase. In the Search
Options, check off “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” if you need articles from these.
Check off “Full Text” to only find materials with the full text available.
• TIPS: You can also narrow down full text, scholarly journals, publication range, subject,
and other source types (newspapers, magazines, etc.) on the search results page.
Once you’ve found and clicked on an article/item, you can often find subjects and
keywords listed that you might not have thought to use in your search. You can also use
that item’s bibliography/references to find more related sources.
JSTORThis link opens in a new windowUse the search bar on the homepage, the Search dropdown menu, or the Browse dropdown menu at the top of the page to find sources. With the Advanced Search you can search and narrow down the kind of results you want by date, discipline, and item type.