Collins Library Links: PRIMO – A new library search and discovery system


PRIMO:  A new library search and discovery system

Librarian Lori Ricigliano developed this Primo Tip Sheet
to help introduce our new system.

Questions about Primo?
Contact your liaison librarian or email
Read our Primo FAQ at

Primo combines the strengths of both Collins Catalog and Puget Sound WorldCat in one intuitive interface. With Primo you can:

  • Find books (electronic and print), journals (electronic and print), maps, sound recordings, videos, online resources, digital collections, and more.
  • Find journal and newspaper articles from multiple resources simultaneously.
  • Refine your results to electronic resources, by availability, location, format, publication year, subject, and more
  • Sign in to access your e-Shelf to view saved results and your library account.
  • Export items by email and to RefWorks and

Try Primo when:

  • You are finding a known item.
  • You are starting your research. Primo casts a very large net and can bring back many books, articles, web sites, and more.
  • You want to save your searches and resources you find to your personal e-Shelf.
  • You need to refine your results by availability, location, format, publication year, subject, and more.
  • Consider other sources when you want to search a specific database. Some databases have not yet been incorporated into Primo so use the Database A-Z list. Additionally, items in the University Archives are not yet incorporated into Primo.

Sign into your account. 
By signing into your account, you can: access externally licensed resources; request or recall items; save items from your results list and searches you have performed for future use; set preferences to reflect the way you usually search and save them for future sessions; access your account to find out what you currently have checked out.

Use scopes to search different collections.
The default option is Collins, Summit, and Articles which includes items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library, and items owned by the 36 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Selected articles subscribed to by Collins Library are available. Search individual databases for more comprehensive results.

Other scope options for collections are:

Collins and Summit

  • Items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library and the collections of 36 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Journal titles are searchable, but articles are not.


  • Only owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library.
  • Includes eBooks, print books, CDs, scores, DVDs, course reserves, government documents and more.
  • Journal titles are searchable, but articles are not.


Use to find items at libraries around the world and submit Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests

Colored dots next to your search results indicate availability.

Use the facets on the left side of the search screen to refine your search.

You can narrow by date, resource type, subject, author, availability, full text, peer reviewed journals, and more.

Click on the “actions” tab in the search results for options.


Use quotes around a phrase to find a specific title.


Use AND in upper case to find all words.


Use advanced search to find journals that the library owns, subscribes to, or has access.


Click on my account to see what you’ve checked out and to renew items.


Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, Library Director
Remember – Your best search engine is a Librarian!


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From the Archives: Welcome to Campus!

Beginning next week the Archives & Special Collections will have regular open hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You are welcome to contact us to set up an appointment for other days and times.


Freshmen unpack in Anderson Hall, 1953

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Check out our Popular Reading Collection!

PopularReadingOver the summer, we added 20 new titles to our Popular Reading Collection. These include novels of suspense, love and mystery, some humor and a few biographies. If you are new to this collection, you can find bout 200 books of current popular books at the front of the library in this collection. Look for the Starburst sign!

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Research & Writing in the Disciplines

displaysWelcome home, Loggers! Collins has plenty of resources to help you with your research, studies, coursework, and more. This month we’ve gathered some books with guidelines and tips for writing and researching. You can check these books out for your research and writing on topics from Bach to brains – neuroscience, although we can help you researchzombies as well. You can find these books outside room 123 on the first floor.

Of course, these books are not the only resources Collins has to help you study. Our online Libguides can help you get started researching and connect you to resources. You can find even more resources with a Primo Search, or by browsing Databases A to Z for articles. If you need help right now, just use our Ask a Librarian 24/7 service for research help at any time. Finally, you can use our Citation Guides to cite all the resources you’ve found.

We wish you a successful semester!

P.S. – Here’s a list of the books on display:

Writing Philosophy Papers
Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing: religious studies
A short guide to writing about history
Writing History: a guide for Students
Handbook of Research methods in Tourism: quantitative and qualitative approaches
The Research Process in Sport Exercise and Health: case studies of active researchers
Research Methods for Sports Studies
A Realist Approach for Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research from Start to Finish
Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry
Practical Statistics: a handbook for business projects
Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Marketing
Writing in Sociology
Student’s guide to writing college papers
New Approaches to Qualitative Research: Wisdom and Uncertainty
A short guide to writing about music
Creative Arts Research: Narratives of Methodologies and Practices
Rhetorica in motion: feminist rhetorical methods & methodologies
Introducing Communication Research: paths of inquiry
The Elements of Style
The Cambridge introduction to creative writing
The Rowman & Littlefield guide to writing with sources
A short guide to writing about literature
A short guide to writing about film
Writing Creative Nonfiction
Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History
Gettin the most out of the research experience: what every researcher needs to know
Evaluating Research: methodology for people who need
Evaluating Research Articles from Start to Finish
The SAGE Handbook of qualitative methods
The Design of Experiments in Neuroscience
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Library Class on Demand: Instruction Made to Order

ClassOnDemandWhat’s Library Class on Demand? A library class designed especially for you (and three or more students) on any research topic. A librarian will design a class specifically to meet your needs – whether you’re getting ready to write a research paper, seeking information to support an extracurricular project, or just curious.

Any group of 4 or more students can schedule a custom library class. To request a session, please complete this form at and we will call or email you to set the date and time. Typical subjects include searching databases, finding background information, using RefWorks or Zotero, and much more.

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Collins is Listening: Where are the magazines? They should be with newspapers.

CALLOUT_magazinesOver the past year we have monitored the use of our popular magazines and they received very little use.  We determined that it would be easier to have all the magazines together in one place.  Often library users were confused as to the many locations for magazines in the library.  We kept the newspapers upstairs because we do not keep them for extended time and know many people come in just for the newspapers.  We altered our policy and now all magazines can be checked out as well.  So while you do have to go downstairs to find an issue, you can also check it out.   In addition, many of the magazines are being replaced by electronic versions.

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Behind the Archives Door Series – Fall 2014 Events!


Image of the Shelmidine Stained Glass

On the first and third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m., the Archives & Special Collections will hold a series of informal presentations on current research, unique resources, and rare books that are part of the University of Puget Sound Collections. Join us for informal discussion, tea and the opportunity to handle documents and artifacts hundreds of years old!

  • 9/16: Solveig Robinson, The Book in Society: An Introduction to Print Culture —
    Solveig Robinson, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Publishing & Printing Arts Program at Pacific Lutheran University, will discuss her recent book, The Book in Society: An Introduction to Print Culture, which examines the origins and development of the book, modern publishing and bookselling.
  • 11/4: Peggy Burge and Laura Edgar, Digital Humanities —
    Peggy Burge, humanities librarian at the University of Puget Sound, will discuss opportunities to incorporate digital methods into humanities classrooms while Laura Edgar, curator of the Abby Williams Hill Collection, will give an overview of the planning, implementation and outcomes of the Hill digital project which utilized portions of Hill’s personal papers.
  • 11/18: MalPina Chan, Artists’ Books as a Framework for Personal Narrative — MalPina Chan, a local artist and founding member of the Puget Sound Book Artists, will discuss her own work The Coaching Book that uses immigration papers, maps, photographs and artwork to examine her Chinese-American heritage.  She will showcase how books can be the media in which powerful personal narratives can be expressed using images and media to tell a story.
  • 12/2: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Archives & Special Collections —
    Curious about what is behind those locked doors on the second floor of the Library in the Archives & Special Collections?  Interested in seeing some of the little known resources and treasures and learning about how the University of Puget Sound collects, preserves, and uses material from the Archives & Special Collections?  Join us for a behind the scenes tour!

Collins Memorial Library


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Book Term Glossary Defines Important Phrases For Book Lovers

CALLOUT_zillionbooksI was reading this article on Huffington Post, and I thought you might be interested in reading it, too.

- Jane Carlin, Library Director

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Being a Better Online Reader

BetterReaderSoon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. Read more of this New Yorker article “Being a Better Online Reader.”

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Welcome Loggers! Enjoy the Collins Library Top Ten tips!

Photo by Ross Mulhausen

  1. Need a break from homework? We’ve got hundreds of movies on DVD, and everything from mysteries to science fiction novels in our popular reading collection.
  2. We’ve got a ton of different places to study, whether you want to curl up in a rocking chair or spread out over a desk.
  3. Library Class-on-Demand! Request a group of four or more students to learn more about library research tools.
  4. Online subject guides! No matter what your major is or what classes you’re taking, we’ve created these to provide you with step-by-step research help!
  5.  Stay in the loop! Keep up with our new exhibits and upcoming events through our blogs & Facebook page!
  6. Got a question–any question–about the library or your research? Try our 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian online chat service!
  7. Group Study: We’ve got what you need to get group work done, including collaboration spaces, whiteboards, group study rooms, and more.
  8. Looking for something in particular? Primo Search is your starting point for finding books, media, articles and more!
  9. Curious about University of Puget Sound history? Check out the digitized back issues of The Trail, our student newspaper, or browse the historic photographs in our digital collections!
  10. Librarians are your new best friends! We are here for you, and we are never too busy to help!******************************************************************************

If you’re a first-year student, have you taken the RESEARCH PRACTICES SURVEY yet?  Check your email for your link to the survey!

  • Complete the survey and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a $25 Visa Gift Card (GIVING AWAY THREE).
  • Computers are available in the library’s Learning Commons on the first floor if you need a place to take the survey.
  • Your survey responses help librarians and faculty design effective instruction!

We welcome you to the services and resources of Collins Library and look forward to helping you achieve academic success!
Top Ten on Research guides



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