Answered By: Jan Uhde
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2019     Views: 5

When searching Primo the following operators can help to narrow or broaden a search. Be sure to USE ALL CAPS

  • AND – retrieves results that have all the specified terms. So a search for apples AND oranges will only retrieve results that have apples and oranges in the results. It is a useful way to narrow your search.  
  • OR – retrieves results with at least one of the search terms. So a search for Cape Verde OR Cabo Verde will retrieve results that include either the terms Cape Verde or the terms Cabo Verde or both .  It is a useful way to search for related terms or synonyms.
  • NOT – excludes any search results that includes the specified term. It is most useful to use NOT when trying to eliminate irrelevant results. For example, if you’re pulling up a lot of book reviews when looking for articles about the Game of Thrones, you might search for Game of Thrones NOT book review.

How can I broaden a search?

To broaden a search, enter an asterisk * at the end of a word  to perform a multiple character wildcard search (up to five characters)

For example:  educat* retrieves the words educate, educator, education, etc.

You can also broaden a search in the following ways:

  • Use the scope Everything.
  • Type OR in uppercase letters between words or phrases to find at least one of the words or phrases. If you do not specify OR, Primo assumes you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.

How can I search for a phrase?

You can often get better results if you search for a phrase by typing quotation marks around the phrase. You can also combine both words and phrases in your search.

For example:

"African Americans" and psychology

Note: If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, Primo will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.

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