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Primo Quick Start Guide: About Primo

What is Primo?

Primo logoLooking for publications in the NU Library? Primo is the search tool to use.

It helps you find books on the shelves, subject readings, electronic resources like eJournals and eBooks and more. With Primo, you can easily access reliable books and articles to assist with your research projects and classroom assignments.

By default, your search is limited to materials available directly from the library. However, you can opt to broaden your search to other materials and request them if they are not available in the library.

This guide will help you get started with Primo and make the most of its powerful search capabilities.

When Should I Use Primo?

  • Primo has all the printed materials available if you're searching for books within the NU Library. Utilize it as your go-to resource.
  • Primo includes articles and eBooks in the search, often at the chapter level. Primo is an excellent starting point if you're unsure about which library database to use for a specific discipline. It's especially useful when starting research on a new subject or exploring a multidisciplinary topic.

While Primo offers many search options, it cannot replace subject databases. Primo is a good starting point if you do not know which database or directory to choose or when searching for multidisciplinary topics. For more specialized searches, we recommend our subject databases, found in our A-Z list of databases.

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