Get to know Primo!

When looking for books, articles or other material, a good way to start is with the library’s search engine Primo. It is the big search box on the first page of the library web site. In Primo you will find most of the books, articles, essays, reports, dissertations, etc. which are available in the library collections – both printed and electronic.

Everyone who has a library account, also has an account in Primo. When you are logged in you can, for example, do this:

  • See your loans and reservations
  • See information and settings for your loan account
  • See any delay fees
  • Save your searches
  • Monitor searches

It is good to always log in before you start searching in Primo, this makes it easy for you to keep track of “your things”. For example, if you want reserve a book, you must be logged in for this to work.

We have made three short instructional films on how to use Primo in the best way.  They are in Swedish but you can still get an idea on how to search yourself.

See your borrowed books in Primo
Searching for books in Primo
Searching for articles in Primo

If you need help searching, can’t find what you’re looking for or have other questions, remember that we are happy to help you at the information points on level 2.

More information about Primo can be found on the library web page.

Text: Christel Olsson
Movies: Sara Hellberg

Searching for articles in Primo – here’s how it works!

To search Primo is very much like searching our previous discovery system Summon, although there are some differences – in this blog post we will give you some guidance on how to use Primo to find articles! Use the search box at the Library start page as usual.

  • To locate a known article, just enter the title of the article and click the search button.
  • To find articles on a specific subject, enter your initial search terms and click the search button.

  • All articles in the results shall be available through the Library’s journal subscriptions. Click the ”Full text available” link to get to the article.

  • If you are looking for research articles you can start by applying the following settings:

  • Use the filters menu on the left side to further narrow down your search. You can easily remove filters one by one by clicking the x or remove all settings with “Reset filters”. You can narrow by language, year of publication, peer reviewed materials and more.

  • A new feature in Primo is the possibility to save your searches for future use. If you are not already logged in, start by clicking “Sign in” and then “Save query” in the menu bar:

  • Click the Pin icon to save interesting articles to a favorites list on your Primo account. Selected articles will be marked with a yellow colour in the results list.

  • Access your saved search queries and saved articles (My Favorites) by clicking the:

  • To get back to your search click the:
  • Click the three dots icon in the results list to access an options menu where you can create citations, links and send the link by e-mail to yourself or to someone else.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how to use Primo!

Text: Sara Hellberg

Searching for books in Primo – here’s how it works!

To search in Primo is very much alike searching in our previous discovery system Summon, although there are some differences – in this blog post we will give you some guidance on how to use Primo to find books! Use the search box at the Library start page as usual.

  • Search with quotes to find an exact title “Business research methods” or truncate by changing the ending of a word to * when you want to find all variations of a specific word. For example method* (= method, methods, methodology, methodologys etc.).

  • A search will give you books, articles and other kinds of material, you can limit your results to only books by using the facet Resource Type.

  • Primo groups different editions and versions of the same book, click on the title to see all the editions and chose which one you want.

If there’s only one printed version and one electronic version, they are shown like this:

  • If you click an e-book you will be transferred to a page where you can read and/or download the book.
  • If you click on a printed book you will see how many copies we have of the book, on which shelf you can find it, if it’s available (or on loan). If it’s on loan, you will be able to make a request of the book. (Nota Bene! – at the moment you need to contact biblioteket@hb.se to request books! We are working to solve the issue and make it possible to reserve books in Primo.)

  • If you want Primo to limit your results to printed books in the Library – click The Library.
  • If you want Primo to limit your results to printed books that’s not on loan at the moment – click Available in the Library.

By clicking the pin you can save the book to a favourite list in your account, smart if you want to keep the information about the book for later. Click the large pin icon in the pink upper menu bar to get to your Favourites list and see your saved titles.

In the menu that appears when you click the three dots next to each title in your search result you can create references and more.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how to use Primo!

Text: Sara Hellberg

Is it time for your student thesis? Use the Library!

We are almost halfway through the spring semester and for some of our students the final sprint approaches – the student thesis needs to be written – here are some tips on how the library can help you when you’re writing your thesis.

One thing that is common for all students who write their thesis is that they need information to base the thesis on. It may be scientific articles, books on theoretical background or on methods used by students. No matter what kind of information you are looking for, it’s important to realize that the information is the foundation for your thesis. And it’s also important to realize that information seeking is often a very time consuming task, filled of setbacks. But if you make sure to structure your search for information it will all be a lot easier.

But do not despair! The librarians at the Library are experts in structuring information searches, and they are more than happy to help. Please, come to the Library and make sure to get a solid foundation to build your essay on.

There are two options if you want help of a librarian in your information search: You can come to our Search Lab – it is open every Thursday between 12:00-15:00. The Search Lab is staffed by one or two librarians who can help you to structure your searches. During this time the Language Lab is open as well. This means that you can ask language questions, or get tips on how to write your academic text at the same time.

Another option for help in your search for information is to come and get Search Support. Please come to the Information Point at the Library entrance, and the librarians manning the Information Point will help you with your searches.

Remember:  Use the Library, and the librarians, to get yourself a good foundation to build your essay on!

We also want to inform you that there are several posts in this blog full of great tips and advice for students writing their thesis. Here are some of them:

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photos: Colourbox

Why do we educate in information seeking?

One of the library’s many missions is to educate students in information seeking. But why? Why are students at the university educated in information seeking?

Maybe you’ve already had a lecture in information seeking, if not you will have one at some time during your studies. You might question why you should waste your time with this lecture. Well, it’s not wasting time – because by learning how to search for information in a powerful and efficient way, you will get better results in your studies. Your new information searching skills will give you sources with higher quality, and you will find your sources faster, meaning you can spend more time to actually complete your study assignments.

Sara Hellberg

Sara Hellberg

If you ask Sara Hellberg, manager for the teaching librarians at the library, she says that the aim of education in information seeking is to make students information literate. That means students that know how to identify their information needs, define research questions based on this, search for information, critically examine process and then use the information in a good way. The importance of information literacy is emphasized in the Swedish law regulating the universities, and it is also quite common with course objectives related to information retrieval, reference management, source criticism, etc.

Education in information seeking several times?

During your studies, you will have education in information seeking on the schedule several times; most common is the three occasions over a three-year course. But it’s important to know there is a different focus at the various sessions and that each new lecture builds on what you’ve already learned. That means: Increased difficulty and new content each time!

The dates for the different occasions for education are chosen with care. The idea is that information seeking should take place in conjunction with a study assignment that requires you to seek information. This makes the search for information useful because you will actually use the information you find. To search for information just to find it, when you do not need it, is both difficult and a bit pointless.

If you do get stuck, we can help you

Okay, so you’ve been to all education ever offered, and although it feels like a struggle to find information? Then, of course, there are other ways to get support and help in the search for information:

Library Search Lab – Thursdays at 3 pm the Search lab is open in a computer room at the 4th floor in the library. Get help to find search terms, search techniques and database choice by a librarian.

Search Support – Come to the Information Point at any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm and ask for Search Support. You will then get to log in to a computer near the Information Point, and will have be able to ask a librarian for help whenever you get stuck in your search.

But none of the above operations can replace what you learn at a lecture in information seeking. The education in information seeking is so much deeper and wider, and also tailored to give you the tools you need to solve the study task you have at the moment.

What do you think about our education in information seeking?

Have you already had information seeking education here in Borås? How was it? Did the education help you in your studies? Do you have any suggestions on how to make the lectures better? Please let us know! Fill in the form and give us your opinion!

Text: Katharina Nordling & Sara Hellberg
Picture: Henrik Bengtsson