Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Primo Search: How can I get more out of it? - Second Tip


Hope the first tip (posted before the mid-semester break) was useful. Let us look at what more can be done.

The second tip is on ways how to type query words in the search box. You can use a variety of combinations.
  1. Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. If you do not use quotation marks, the system will search for your words separately anywhere within the resources. 
    • Example: “global warming”

  2. Use Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT in uppercase, to search for two or more words

    • AND = searches all the terms  
    Example: wisdom AND vision (Both wisdom and vision are searched. Results will include both wisdom and vision within a resource)

    • OR = searches either of the terms 
    Example: university OR college (Either university or college is searched. Results will include either university or college and not both within a resource)

    • NOT = searches the first term and excludes the second term. 
    Example: stress NOT anxiety (Only stress is searched but not anxiety. Results will include stress alone and anxiety is totally excluded)
     
  3. Use a truncation symbol (*) to perform a multiple character wildcard search or find variations in word endings.
    • Example: Nurs* = nurse, nursing, nurses

  4. Use a wildcard (?) to replace a letter within a word. 
    • Example: Wom?n = woman, women

Remember: You can use any “Search options” mentioned in the first tip with your combination of query words

Primo Help is available at: http://www.csu.edu.au/division/library/help/primo-help

Please contact the Library if you require assistance using Primo Search – see http://www.csu.edu.au/division/library/help/ask

As always, please send your feedback.

More tips to follow...

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