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Basic Search Tips

Here are a few ways to get more relevant results in Primo...

 
Use quotation marks around phrases.
     EXAMPLE:
                “saint patrick” will retrieve… The Life of Saint Patrick by Quentin James
                saint patrick will retrieve…The Geology of Mount Saint Helens by Patrick Pringle
 
Use a capitalized OR to search for different possible words or phrases.
      EXAMPLE:
                irish OR celtic will retrieve results that have either the word Irish or Celtic in them.
 
Use parentheses to specify the order of how words are searched.
      EXAMPLE:
(irish OR celtic OR ireland) AND history will retrieve results that contain the word history and contain either the word Irish, Celtic, or Ireland.
 
Use an asterisk (*) at the end of a root word to find results with variant endings.
     EXAMPLE:
                histor* will retrieve history, historical, historian, etc. 
 
Use the Advanced Search screen to search for keywords in a title, subject, author etc.