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Primo is a good starting search tool for locating diverse library-based resources. Here are some suggestions for navigating results and considering authority.
- Primo is very sensitive to search terms, so experiment! Note how including more technical terms in your search can cue for more research-oriented publications. Simpler searches and "lay" terminology can bring back more introductory and popular results.
- Consider limiting to certain material types or eliminating things you are not interested in seeing. Note! Newspapers are a separate search entirely.
- Learn about a journal or magazine by exploring what else is published there. Follow the green access buttons to browse or use the "View Issue Contents" when available.
- See what else the author has published by following their linked name in the record. Results may bring back things by others by the same name.
- See something that is only listed in print? Contact us about digital options.
Is there an academic discipline that you consider to have a particular authority on your topic? If so, consider searching within a disciplinary database from our A-Z Database List. You can narrow by subject area to find relevant databases or ask a librarian for a recommendation.
Try a couple different tools to see different angles on your topic
Databases often aren't full text because they are trying to be exhaustive, so use the button to check for availability through Primo. We can order you what we don't have through InterLibrary Loan.
Academic Search Complete (1867 to Present)
If you are looking for popular magazines, searching this tool directly is sometimes more effective than Primo.
Newspaper Source Plus
Content/Description:Contains full-text articles from regional, national, and international newspapers. Also includes full-text video and radio transcripts from CBS News, Fox News, NPR, etc.