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

Reference management with software EndNote.

When writing a paper or essay, you need to keep up with a variety of references. Do you want help organizing the work  with the citations in the text references and source listings? If the answer is yes, then you can use the EndNote reference management software.

The program is free for students, staff and researchers at the university. You can collect all the references in different subject libraries and when writing in Word, you will get help citing correctly. There is a web version of EndNote called EndNote Basic, which you can use wherever you are, but if you want some more advanced functionality, then download the client to your computer. Download here. From this page you can also read and download our style templates that you need to write according to the recommendations in the Library’s Guide to the Harvard system. These templates are Harvard_HB (English) and Harvard_HBsv (Swedish) and are available from the menu if you use the EndNote web version and when using computers in the university network.

Karolinska  Institutet University Library Online guide to EndNote Basic.

Karolinska Institutet University Library  guide to the clientversion EndNote X8 .

Good Luck to use EndNote!

Text: Lena Wadell
Picure: Mostphotos

Think of what you write – make sure not to plagiarize!

Writing an essay or thesis may be perceived as difficult in many ways, one of them might be how to express yourself in a unique way, so you don’t plagiarize someone else’s work. The university has a good anti-plagiarism guide where you get insight into how to avoid, intentionally or inadvertently, plagiarizing. There is also information about what happens if it is discovered that someone has plagiarized.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

Happy Easter!

On Good Friday, the Library goes on Easter holidays and opens again Tuesday, April 3, see our changed opening hours here. As usual, you can use our website for many things. You can search databases, journals, read e-books and articles, do book reservations, review our subject guides, and much more.

Are you planning to visit the Library on Maundy Thursday? why not borrow a yellow book for Easter, you will find them on the reading shelves in the library entrance. In Norway, for a long time, tradition has been to launch and read crime novels during Easter holidays, Easter Crimean (påskekrim). It was from the beginning an april joke who took off and became a tradition. In Sweden we already have a fairly strong tradition of reading crime fiction, so Easter crimes have not become the same success here. But it’s great to read something entertaining when you have some free time, so be sure to borrow a book or two!

We wish you all a Happy Easter!

Text: Lena Holmberg
Bild: Mostphotos

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

Information seaching is a process that takes time.

The information-seeking process

Searching information for tasks and thesis in school requires a lot, information retrieval is a process. You usually illustrate the information-seeking process as a wheel. The following figure illustrates the information process and how it is a constant movement between the different parts of the wheel.


The information process begins by formulating a query. What is the information you are looking for? What aspect? Is there any particular group of people? Women? Men? Children or adolescents?


Based on the question, you start looking for meaning-bearing words  that you use when searching. Take all unnecessary words and concentrate on nouns.


Then choose where to search. Examples of a source may be a subject database, library catalogue or a search engine on the Internet. It depends on what material you need. Do you want books on the subject first maybe? Then you start searching either in our local library search Primo or in the national library catalogue Libris. If you need a scientific article, go to one of our subject databases to get the material. You can also start searching in Primo. But to do specific searches, it is better to choose a subject database within the subject. Begin here.

Seeking and Retrieve

After the source selection, it is time for the seeking procedure itself.  Enter a keyword and then narrow down with more words. You look through your hit list and see what you got. Something useful? If you have advanced a bit in the information search process, you may be using a more advanced searching.


Now you reached the last box in the wheel where you evaluate your information and then you start over again with new words that you may have found among your searches. If you have found an article that is reasonably good, you can search for the subject Headings. Subject usually appear as link text and are slightly different in the different databases, but search for words such as Subject, Subject headings, Identifier, DE. Etc. These words are controlled vocabulary unlike the author’s keywords and are found in subject lists also called Thesaurus. Topics are found in the databases to highlight the articles so you know that you get everything about a particular subject if you search using the topic. It is not rare that the subject consists of a phrase.

Yes, as you can see, information retrieval is an art that you learn through exercise and do not forget that it must take time.

Text: Lena Wadell
Foto: Mostphotos,

Some help to write your academic texts

If you want inspiration when you’re writing an academic text, you could use a Phrasebank for inspiration.

The University of Manchester has an Academic Phrasebank openly available on their webpage. The Phrasebank gives you tips on how to write academic texts, and examples of good phrases to use when you’re for example writing your Conclusion. The following suggestions are given for when you want to summarize your main research findings:

  • This study has identified …
  • This study has shown that …
  • The research has also shown that …
  • The second major finding was that …
  • These experiments confirmed that …
  • X made no significant difference to …
  • This study has found that generally …
  • The investigation of X has shown that …
  • The results of this investigation show that …
  • X, Y and Z emerged as reliable predictors of …
  • Multiple regression analysis revealed that the …
  • The most obvious finding to emerge from this study is that …
  • The relevance of X is clearly supported by the current findings.
  • One of the more significant findings to emerge from this study is that …

It is of course important to keep in mind that you can’t just pick any phrase from the examples and use it, the phrase has to match your text as well. The main objective when your writing your academic text is to get a consistent and well written text, and in order to get there you have to know what you are writing about. But the Phrasebank is a good help, it can give you inspiration when you’re stuck and don’t know how to continue.

You’ll find the Academic Phrasebank here.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos