Primo FAQ

Contact: Information Desk (509) 375-3268

 

What is Primo?

Primo allows you to search over 85% of the Library’s collections and subscriptions and the "Primo Central" index resources from a single search box.

Primo is a multidisciplinary discovery search engine that combines the Library’s full-text journal subscriptions and databases, PNNL Publications, and the “Primo Central” index into a single search. The Primo Central index is a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These include journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories.

Primo connects to the Library’s subscriptions to deliver full text access to many of the resources returned during a search. Items not available through the Library’s subscriptions can be requested using our interlibrary loan service.

What is available in Primo?

  • Over 85% of the Library's full-text ejournals, eBooks, and databases
  • PNNL Publications
  • "Primo Central" index: a collection of thousands of e-resources. It includes citations from the following resources and publishers:

ACM Digital Library

DataCite

Science

American Institute of Physics

DTIC

ScienceDirect

American Chemical Society

Energy Citations Database

Society of Petroleum Engineers

American Mathematical Society

IEEE

SPIE

American Psychological Association

JSTOR

Springer

American Society for Microbiology

Knovel

Taylor & Francis

arXiv

Nature Publishing Group

University of California Press

ASME

PLoS

University of Chicago Press

ASTM

PubMed

Web of Science

BioMed Central

Royal Society of Chemistry

Wiley Online

BioOne

Sage

Wolters Kluwer

 

 

And thousands more!

Primo connects to the Library’s subscriptions to deliver full text access to many of the resources returned during a search. Items not available through the Library’s subscriptions can be requested using our interlibrary loan service.

What if I cannot find what I am looking for?

Contact the Information Desk or your Subject Specialist. While Primo provides access to many resources, not everything the Library subscribes to is available through Primo. A Research Librarian can make suggestions on the best resources to use to find the information you need.

What are some tips for searching Primo?

Primo Tutorials

When constructing your search, you can do the following:

  • Phrase searching: Use quotes around terms to search for phrases, “global warming”
  • Boolean operators: You can use AND, OR, NOT in your search. The default is AND between terms.
  • Wildcards:
    • ? performs a single character wildcard search, wom?n find woman, women, etc.
    • * performs a multiple character wildcard search, energ* finds energies, energize, etc.

On the results screen, you can use the following to refine your search:

  • Facets: Primo generates facets on the left of the results screen from the top 200 results in your search.
  • Expand beyond library collections: The default results screen only displays citations that the Library has access to (online or print). Checking this box will display all results.
  • Limits:
    • Full Text Online: limits to citations that the Library provides online access to the full text
    • Cited Articles: only displays articles that have been cited (based on data from Web of Science)

How do I email, print, or send my results to EndNote?

Options to email, save, or send to EndNote are available by clicking the Details tab then clicking the Send to menu.

How do I save alerts for searches?

Searches can be saved as RSS Feeds and you will be alerted through your RSS reader when new items are available. Once you have run a search, above the facets is a link to the RSS feed for that search.

Where can I send feedback on Primo?

Feedback for Primo can be sent to Young Hong.