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Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote, a component of Microsoft 365, serves as a comprehensive digital notebook that enhances productivity by consolidating notes and information in a single location. It distinguishes itself from traditional paper-based systems, word processors, email systems, and other productivity tools by offering the capability to collect and organize diverse data including text, images, digital handwriting, and audio and video recordings. With its powerful search functionalities, OneNote enables users to swiftly locate information, even within images or audio and video recordings, thereby streamlining the process of managing information overload and fostering effective collaboration through shared notebooks. This integration facilitates a more efficient and effective way to gather, organize, find, and share notes and information, making it an essential tool for individuals aiming to maintain productivity and reduce the time spent searching for information across various platforms.

Primo Search

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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.