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Finding Information for Speech Pathology: Primo Search

A Library Guide to help with developing research projects in speech pathology (SPH516, SPH526, & SPH423)

Primo Search

Primo Search is CSU Library's main search tool. It searches across most of what CSU Library provides, including:

  • most of the Library's online journal articles and newspaper content
  • books, journals, DVDs and other physical items found in the library
  • most of the Library's eBooks.

Primo Search Tips

Some hints on using Primo Search:

  • It defaults to a keyword search. If you type in speech pathology, it will search for those words separately (ie: speech AND pathology). To search for a specific phrase, use inverted commas - "speech pathology".
  • The truncation symbol is the asterisk (*). Typing in diet* will search for diet, diets, dieting, dietician etc.
  • When you find a journal article result, click on the Available online link and follow the prompts to get to the full article.
  • If you get too many results in a search, try going to Advanced Search and changing your search so that you are searching in the Title or in the Subject (rather than in Any Field).
  • Use the refiners on the left of the results screen to narrow your results. There are refiners for things like Resource Type, Dates, and Topics. If you can't see a refiner that you might want, within a list, click on the Show More link at the bottom of the list.
  • Use Advanced Search for multiple search lines and extra limiters:

What is Primo Search?

Uses and Considerations

Primo Search is useful because:

  • You are searching across many resources at once, in the one search
  • You will get different types of materials in your results
  • You can use the refiners at the left of the results screen to narrow your results in many different ways.

Things to keep in mind when searching in Primo Search:

  • You might get too many results
  • The search functions are limited compared to other search tools
  • Because of the way the searching works, you might get results that aren't very relevant.

[If you find that you are not getting good results from Primo Search, try searching in a database or package of databases.]