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Article, Journal, & Database Searching

Finding Library Resources

Primo Search Options

If you want to search other areas of the library for resources, take note of the top of the PRIMO page as shown here.

New Search - brings you to the place to begin your searching anew through the "everything"  (default) scope.

Databases - links you to the list of databases you have access to as an active member of UCQ.

Guides - takes you to the UCQ resource guides the LC team have begun to create. Search through the guides; your answer maybe closer than you realize.

Journal Search - leads you to the location to search for a electronic journal title.  Used in the case, if you cannot find your article through "Get Full-text." 

Search Scopes Explained

Primo search scope 

Simultaneously searches books, e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and other resources from UCQ collection.

Use the scope for limiting the search results. 

  • Everything: searches all physical and most online resources (default).
  • Books and E-books: searches UCQ books, videos, and e-Books
  • PRISM: searches theses, dissertations, and research published by the UofC community.

How do you change the search scopes?

Currently, you will need to click on the magnifying glass as if to search.  . Then the ""Everything" scope will appear.  If you want other scopes, you need to click on the down arrow, as shown here,  to see the choices.

Search Tips

Primo search tip - after thinking about your search terms!

Ask a question
What do you use?
How do you use it?
Do you have more than one term or word when searching?

Use the connectors between your terms. 

AND - normally, it will decrease your results

OR - normally, it will increase your results

NOT - normally, it will eliminate unwanted terms

NOTE: CAPITALIZE the connectors.

Example: nursing OR nurse OR nurses

Example: nursing AND dosage 

Example: Aids NOT hearing

Do you have a group of similar or related words in your terms?

Similar or related words are the same as synonyms.

Use brackets around these terms.

NOTE: Use ( )

Example: (nurse OR nurses) AND (doctors OR doctor OR physician OR physicians) 

Are you looking for exact words in your terms or two or more words for a term?

Use quotes around these terms. 

Caution: you may eliminate useful resources if you have not thought of other ways these terms are written. Come see a librarian!

NOTE: Use " "

Example: "women doctor" OR "health care" OR "laryngeal cancer" 

Do you want to use a quick way to get more results?

They are defined by special characters. Each character is used for a different reason.

* - any word that follows your sequence of letters for that term, will be included in your results. Caution know what terms you want when using this character.

? - any letter that is found in a word with the same sequence of letters you have for that term, will be included in your results.

NOTE: Use the * to truncate, Use the ? to replace ONE character in the term.

Example:  nurs* AND  wom?n

Will return - nursing, nurse, nurses, as well as woman, women.

If you have questions come and see the librarians in the Learning Commons.