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How to Use Primo - The CT State Library Discovery Tool

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How do I search for resources?

The Primo search box is set to search the CSL Catalog. If you wish to search beyond the CSL Catalog, choose a search scope from the drop down menu. Once you have set the scope, simply enter your search terms in the box and click on the magnifying class icon. 

Your search can be a natural language search, or it can include specific resource information such as an author name, title, call number, ConnDoc (Connecticut Document) number, SuDoc (Federal Document) number, etc. You can also use Boolean connectors (AND, OR, NOT, etc.) in your searches.

Enter your search terms in the search box, then select the magnifying class icon

When your search results appear below the search box, you can refine your results using the left menu.There are many options for refining your search, including by author, subject, resource type, date, and library location. When browsing your search results, click on the title of any record you wish to view. 

search results screen pointing out record title and options to refine results

To refine results, click on the result category or categories you wish to view. 

select or click on desired categories to refine your search results.

To exclude a category of results, click on the exclude icon that appears next to each category when you hover over it. 

Shows red icon to exclude a category.

Please see the advanced search tab and the frequently asked questions tab for additional information about searching Primo.