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SPK 110 Sec. 03 (for McKenna) Spring 2023

Library research guide.

Finding Articles and Ebooks/Books in Primo

Primo, the Library's discovery tool, searches most of the Library's databases at once. Through Primo you can search for articles, ebooks/books, media, and more. Here you will find materials the SUNY Broome Library owns and/or has access to, as well as what other libraries have. The latter can be requested through interlibrary loan (ILLiad).

You can access Primo from the Library's home page.

Searching Primo - Finding/Accessing Articles and Ebooks/Books

Starting from the Library's home page:

  • go to "Advanced Search"

Primo, arrow to advanced search



  • search for "Almost Everything"
    • enter your terms in the search boxes
    • use quotations around phrases; single word terms do not need quotations around them
    • databases usually retrieve search results that include the plural of terms
    • use the * (asterisk) to get various endings of words, e.g., statistic* retrieves statistic, statistics, statistical, statistically
  • note: think of terms and phrases to use; some not so obvious suggestions:
    • statistics, debate, argument, issues, advantage, disadvantage, controversy

enter terms, quotations around phrases, capitalize ORs


  • refine results
    • select publication dates, and other options as you choose, e.g., available online, articles, books

arrows to refine results, publication date


  • you can refine your results further, e.g., subject(s)
    • sometimes one or two at a time, works better

arrows to subjects, apply filters


  • at the top of the filters column, you can see your active filters
    • the X will remove a filter
    • or you can reset

arrows to X, reset filters



  • to see more information on a search result, click on the blue title

click on title to see more information about article


  • to access an article
    • select a database to retrieve it from, then follow the links to the article
    • note the DETAILS for more information on your selection
    • note the citation tool

arrows to details, citation tool, select a database and follow links to retrieve article


  • if your search result is an ebook

arrow to available online, click on title for more info on ebook


  • accessing the ebook

arrows to details, citation tool, select database to retrieve ebook, follow links to ebook


  • if your search result is a print book

book search result, click on title for more information about book, check availability, circulating books indicates print book




  • to locate a print book
    • see DETAILS for more information about the book
    • check if it is available
    • use the call # to locate the book
    • note the citation tool

print book record, see details for more information, check if it is available, use call number to locate book, note citation tool