Save and monitor your searches in Primo automatically

In the Primo discovery service you can search most of the library’s collections of printed and electronic material. Primo offers several possibilities for refining searches as well as saving and monitoring already made searches. The Primo search box can be found on the library homepage.

Save and monitor searches in Primo

You can save your searches in Primo and automatically let Primo monitor them for you.

How to do it:

  • Start by doing a search in Primo, refine it as you like
  • When you are satisfied with your search, save the search. To save a search you have to login in to your Primo account.
  • When you have logged in to Primo, click on the icon Search History
  • Under the Search History tab, select the search you want to save by clicking the Needle
  • Select the Saved Searches tab and click the Alarm bell to enable monitoring of the search

Now your search is saved and being monitored. When there is new material that matches your search, you will receive an email from Primo, telling you that there are additional records for the monitored search.

In Primo, it looks like this:

Do your search

1. Do your search.

Login to your account In Primo

2. Login to your Primo account.

Click the icon for Search History

3. Click the icon for Search History.

Save your search by clicking the Needle

4. Save your search by clicking the Needle.

Activate monitoring of your search by clicking the Alarm bell

5. Activate monitoring of your search by clicking the Alarm bell.

Text and images: Klaz Arvidson

Search articles from a specific journal in Primo

In the Primo discovery service you can search most of the library’s collections of printed and electronic material. Primo offers several possibilities for refining searches. The Primo search box can be found on the library homepage.

Search articles in a particular journal

In Primo it is possible to use the facets to narrow down a search for a specific journal and search for articles published in the selected journal.

How to do it:

  • Start by searching the journal title
  • In the Facet menu, select the journal in the Journal title facet
  • After that, lock the refinement to the selected journal in the Active Filter facet by clicking on the padlock
  • Then you can enter the terms you wish to search in the search box

In Primo, it looks like this:

1. Search for the journal by typing in its title.

2. In the facet Journal Title you refine to the selected journal. 3. In the facet Active filters, you lock the refinement to the selected journal by clicking the padlock.

4. In the search box, type your search terms and click the search button.

Text and images: Klaz Arvidson

Databases and e-resources from home – here’s how to do it!

Databases and e-resources

Virtually all databases and e-resources that the library makes available, you can search and use from home, or from other locations off campus. In order to be able to do so,
it requires that you use the library’s website and the links to the databases from there.

If you choose to go to a database directly from home, by entering the web address of the database, or Googling the name of the database, you probably can’t get access to the database. Here at the university, the computers IP numbers show that the users belong to the university, and because of your IP address on your computer at home is not known for our suppliers, you will probably be denied access.

In order to use the databases from home requires that you verify you as a user belonging to the University of Borås to our proxy server. This is done by logging in with your student account. The links to the databases on the library website are designed so that they know whether you are inside or outside the university’s IP number range. So, if you’re at campus, you get direct access to the selected database, however, if you are at home, you are prompted to log in first, and sent after successful login to the database.

Here’s how to do it!
To make it as easy as possible for you, go to the library website just like when you are here at the university. Select the database or e-resource that you are interested in, click on the link, log in, and you’re ready to start searching, reading or whatever it is you have in mind.

Examples of resources you can access after login

If you experience problems or have questions about access to databases and e-resources from home, contact and we will try to help you.

Text and photo: Klaz Arvidson

Hi Martin Borg!

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers. Who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! We asked Martin a few questions:

martin4For how long have you worked here, and what did you do before you started here?
I have worked at the library for 15 years. Before then, I have gone through most types of libraries in Borås. For example, I have worked at the City library, at a secondary library and at the Hospital library before I came to the university in early 2000. At that time the library was located in the Balder building.

What are your main duties?
I am the Manager of the function Collection services, which primarily works with interlibrary loans, purchases of literature and databases to the university library. I am responsible for licenses and agreements regarding information resources. The Library invests heavily in providing electronic access to journals and books. It is beneficial when one can use literature without visiting the library, especially important for distance students. A couple of times a week, I work the information point and helps students and personnel with searches, choice of databases, loan issues, etc. I´m also a member of the Library Council.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
It is the personal meeting where you will be able to help with information retrieval, reference management, and be there when the a student gets an aha-experience. It is also a free and varied work with great colleagues which I appreciate. It is exciting to be in the middle of the rapid development of the digital library.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
Since we have a dog called Kima (an English springer spaniel) in the family, it becomes  many long walks with her. It’s a great way to get out into nature and get some exercise and fresh air. Otherwise, I read a lot, listen to music and try to relax as much as I can.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
If I should choose a writer that I like, it becomes Karl-Ove Knausgård and his My Struggle, all six parts, mainly part 1-5. It is a penetrating portrait of a man’s life and the factors affecting it.