Contents for Primo Quick Start Guide
- Primo Search is a search engine for most of CUW library’s materials on-campus and online.
- Search Primo with a title, or keywords for your topic.
- There are many filters and features to help you narrow your results.
- Login to Primo to manage checkouts, request items, for pickup from CUW or SWITCH.
- It’s easy to request digital scans of print journals a print book chapters in Primo.
Primo Interface Features
Searching Primo Demonstation (6 min)
Recommended: watch in full-screen by double clicking on video.
Advanced Search In Primo (2 min)
Details of Primo
Primo™ includes scholarly, professional, popular, and news sources.
- You can search Primo™ with keywords or use the advanced search to search Primo™ like a database.
- Primo™ search results favor two things: newer materials & words that match in the title.
- Broad search terms = more books and encyclopedias
- Specific search terms = more articles and primary sources.
- Primo™ contains your library account where you renew and request SWITCH items.
What does Primo™ Search?
Most CUW Databases
CUW Library Catalog
SWITCH Libraries Catalog
Open Access Resources (Repositories & International Materials)
1. Click the sign in link in the top menu bar.
2. Choose CUW Portal.
3. Enter your CUW Portal Login and Password.
- Sign in to Primo™. Some resources require sign-in to appear in search results, even on campus.
- Enter a few keywords in the search box and choose the correct scope from the drop down options.
- Avoid using stop words: the, a, an, for, on,
- Use Subject, Publication Date, and Resource Type Filters on the left side help decrease large numbers of search results.
When to Use Primo™
- You want to see if CUW Library has access to a particular item
- You want a variety of source types
- Your topic is interdisciplinary (more than one subject area) or you need multiple points-of-view
When to Use a Subject Specific Database
- You need to run a very specific search (e.g. a peer-reviewed research article describing evidence based practice, written by a nurse).
- You need subject-specific primary sources.