What is Primo?
PRIMO is a new search tool that makes research easier. Traditionally, effective research involves using a variety of tools to find different kinds of materials like books, media items, articles, and electronic books. PRIMO lets you search for all of these materials with just one search.
Some of PRIMO's advantages:
- Faster: You search just once to find all different kinds of materials.
- Easier: After-search filters let you start with a simple keyword search and then refine your results by simply clicking on the filters you wish to apply.
- bX Recommender: Many citations point to related articles recommended by other scholars.
Does PRIMO replace the KML Catalog and KML databases?
PRIMO will find all books and audiovisual materials held by KML, so it can be used instead of the Catalog. Also, PRIMO may be preferred to the Catalog because results are ordered according to relevance rather than simply by date of publication.
PRIMO will find articles in many - but not all - of KML's databases and often will provide more than enough relevant materials. However, KML does have databases with information that is not discoverable via PRIMO, so there will be times when it is advisable to go beyond PRIMO and search these additional databases. KML's subject LibGuides include recommendations for searching beyond PRIMO, and KML librarians are always happy to answer any questions about getting the best results.
Do I have to use PRIMO?
No. The Catalog and the Library's databases can still be accessed on the Library site. PRIMO has simply been added as an easier alternative to traditional searching.
This tutorial demonstrates how to use Primo to search the library databases and catalog to find articles, books and media items all in one search.
This tutorial demonstrates how to use personalized features in Primo to view your library account and save your searches.