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Primo -- The All-In-One Library Search

This guide introduced students and faculty to Primo, the all-in-one research engine. For the advanced tutorial see Primo-Advanced.

What is Primo?

 

Primo is a simple, all-in-one search that accesses both subscription-based and freely-accessible materials, such as articles, books, videos, digital media and other resources available through SFC Library.  All of these materials can be  searched within a single search box!

HOW DO I ACCESS PRIMO?


You access Primo from SFC Library homepage: library.sfc.edu  Simply enter your search term in the search box to search for books, eBooks, journal articles, videos, etc. You can then refine your search on the Primo results page. 

For more information on refining search results, see Video Tutorial: Primo Basics  in the left sidebar. If you're curious why "brooklyn dodgers" is set off with quotation marks, see Introduction to Library Research guide. 

WHAT CAN I SEARCH WITH PRIMO?


You can find print books, eBooks, journals, articles, research guides, newspapers, streaming videos, DVD's, audiobooks, online & physical resources, and more!

DO I NEED TO SIGN IN TO PRIMO?


Signing in to Primo gives you access to your your Primo Account and your Library Card. You'll be able to:

  • Save and share search results
  • Pin favorite resources
  • Save, label, group and share individual records (bibliographic details about a library resource)
  • Set alerts on saved searches to receive emails whenever a new result is found
  • See current search history
  • See and renew current book loans

 

You can also sign in to Primo on the Primo page, when you view your results.  

 

Follow the prompts to sign in using OneLogin. 

WHEN SHOULD I USE PRIMO?


Primo is a great tool for getting started on your research. You can search for full-text articles, print and electronic books, and open access materials all at the same time. It allows you to quickly browse and access most of the library's available resources, and reveals just how much information is out there on your research topic.

You can also limit your search by resource type, availability, creation date, subject, and much more.