By Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick
In Fall 2017, the Law Society Library launched Primo, our new catalogue and Integrated Library System. In doing so, the Law Society Library took a big step towards the future of modern legal information services. Our goal is for you to be able to access the entirety of our services and resources – print and digital – through a single convenient portal. Primo is going to be your one-stop shop for legal information in Saskatchewan: ebooks, textbooks, articles, databases, case law, websites, and more.
If Primo seems familiar to you, don’t be surprised. Many libraries, including the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Legislative Library, are using Primo as well, and for good reasons. Primo will ensure the Law Society Library continues to excel at customer service, provide robust and responsive legal information services, and offer members competitive return on investment.
If you have not already, we urge you to watch our free recorded CPD webinar on using Primo:
Free Webinar: Primo (CPD-178) December 14, 2017
Presenters: Ken Fox and Alan Kilpatrick
Qualifies for 1 CPD hour
On that note, here are a few tips to help you maximize Primo’s potential:
First, make sure to sign in. Primo has many features that are not active unless you sign in. Look for the word “Guest” in the top right corner of your screen, and click on it. You will be directed to the Members Section sign-in screen, then, having signed in, you will be redirected back to Primo.
Searching will go much better if you know your search operators. Primo does not display its operators, but it does recognize the following operators displayed in the table below. In Primo, operators are case-sensitive. This means that you must capitalize the letters of the operator for the search to work.
Primo automatically identifies term variants, applies truncation, recognizes compound words, and corrects spelling errors. There are advantages and disadvantages to such highly mediated searching. Novice searchers will tend to get better results. A major drawback is that not knowing exactly how a search engine works sometimes makes it difficult to refine a search.
Once you have some search results, you can sort and filter them in various ways. Note sorting and filtering options on right side of screen. The default sort option is relevance, but you may also select date, reverse date, author or title. You can also limit your results by applying one or more filters such as subject, material type, or library location.
And finally, since you are signed in, take advantage. Primo allows you to organize your records into different folders. In the search results screen, click on the pin icons to the right of a few hits. These records are now in your favourites. Now look to the top right of the screen and find the pin icon just to the left of your name. The Favourites screen allows you to add labels to your records so you can store related ones together. You can also save your searches and re-run previous ones.