Primo Interface Features
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.