Introducing One Stop Searching
Over the last few years we’ve gotten requests for a library catalog that not only searches for books and DVD’s, but will search the databases for journal articles at the same time. The UDM Library is proud to announce that a catalog with that capability is coming. It’s called Primo and UDM Library staff and our consortial partners at Dalnet have been working diligently for months to prepare the new catalog for implementation. Over time, you will notice changes on the library’s portal page to accommodate the new catalog.
Primo has many of the same features you are used to. You will still be able to search for a book or DVD, find its call number and determine if it’s available for check out. You will still be able to access your account and renew your checked out items.
But Primo has some new and fabulous features to make research easier than ever. One of the best things about Primo is you will be able to search for books and journal articles at the same time. Primo will make it easier to obtain more precise search results by using straightforward “facets” (limiters).
Another new feature is the Virtual Browse, which displays a virtual bookshelf and enables you to see what items are on the shelf before and after the item you searched for. An example below shows what items are on the shelf before and after The Film Sense by Sergei Eisenstein.
You will be able to export citations directly to RefWorks.
Primo provides properly formatted citations in APA, Chicago/Turabian or MLA style.
You will be able to personalize your search results by choosing your preferred discipline(s) to rank material related to that discipline higher in your results list.
For those occasions when you have a citation to a book or a journal article or you just want to know if we have a particular journal, the Citation Linker will take you right to the item if UDM has it.
These are just a few of several new features the new catalog has to make locating resources easier than ever.
As of today, Primo is up and running to search for books and DVD’s. The database portion will be set up in the very near future.
So there you have it. One stop searching to access a wealth of print, electronic and digital resources.