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Ebooks - Searching and Viewing

Searching and Opening eBooks inside Primo

1. Log into Primo (our Library Catalog) using the Sign In button. The Single-Sign-On (SSO) option is for Staff and Students using Panther Central, and Community Borrowers and Guests enter their USER ID (Library card number) and Password. (last four numbers of Library Card Number)

2. Type search terms into Search Box.

3. Use the sidebar to Tweak your results menu, and under the Genre facet, select Electronic Books.

Ebook Catalog Search

4. Click on a Book Title, and under LINKS select a Database Link for access to the e-Book within Database. Depending on the database, you may be able to download the eBook for your personal use. Additionally, most of the databases have a search function to scan within the eBook for certain terms, subjects, names, etc.

Follow the link for Access to the Ebook

Primo Search

Find Books, eBooks, Articles, DVDs, and Streaming Videos

Visit our Primo Research Guide if you have any questions.

General Search Tips

  • Begin your research with an initial search in Primo, and then explore subject-specific databases for more targeted results.
  • Utilize Boolean search terms to enhance your search effectiveness: AND narrows results to those containing both search terms; OR expands results to include either search term (not necessarily both); and NOT eliminates results containing the specified term.
  • Commence with a general search, refining it to become more specific as needed. If you possess a basic understanding of your desired focus, search using a broad term and narrow it down based on available resources.
  • Examine the subject terms and keywords used in the articles you discover. If they appear relevant, consider incorporating them into your search terms. Should your results be too extensive, add supplementary search terms to refine your inquiry further.
  • To search for a specific phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. This ensures the search engine looks for the exact phrase, rather than each word individually. For instance, searching "To be or not to be" will yield that precise phrase, rather than individual words.
  • To locate a word or phrase within an article PDF, e-book, or webpage, use the CTRL and F keys to open a search box that scans the text within a document. Remember to maintain a formal tone and employ an informative writing style in English throughout your research process.

If you need more, check our advanced guide to Database Search Tips.