University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Chester Fritz Library Introduces PRIMO, a new library search tool

The Chester Fritz Library is pleased to introduce PRIMO to students, faculty and staff. To use PRIMO go to http://library.und.edu . PRIMO is a new way to search for journals, books and other scholarly resources via the Library’s web site. PRIMO not only searches for print materials held in the Library, but also electronic resources and web sites available through the Internet. It is able to identify thousands of sources in multiple formats, providing location information for books, journals, databases and digital resources and direct access to many of them.

Search options include a broad “Everything” category as well as more specific search options for journals and books. A new search option allows researchers to locate materials in the UND digital archives. A researcher is also able to refine searches by using suggested categories found on results screens.

PRIMO is ideal for novice researchers because a single search may produce exactly what is needed. Primo is also beneficial to advanced researchers who may focus on a local search or seek information by “Expanding Beyond the Library.” These results will provide the researchers to thousands of references from sources located around the world.

The Chester Fritz Library Department of Reference and Research Services welcomes questions about the new search tool. Users may contact a librarian through multiple communications options including chat, email or telephone located on the Library’s web page. Faculty are encouraged to contact the librarian assigned to their department for an in-depth review of PRIMO and to schedule instructional sessions for their classes.

The local PRIMO search configuration was developed by Chester Fritz Library personnel in collaboration with the Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN) and Ex Libris, a leading provider of library software solutions.