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OneSearch: Getting started

What am I searching?

Primo (referred to as OneSearch) is a new catalog and search tool for the UAB Libraries. You may now search for both print and e-books, journals, electronic resources, and digital collections among other items simultaneously.

Need help?

Use the chat to send a Primo question to the reference departments at Sterne and Lister Hill

Should I sign in?

Signing in will allow you to:

  • View more complete search results
  • Renew books and other library materials
  • Create favorites lists

How do I start searching?

Search Everything

Search millions of our resources, including print books, print and e-journals, articles, media, maps, and more, but does not search everything to which UAB Libraries provides access.

Search the UAB Libraries Catalog

Search the actual holdings of UAB Libraries, including books, e-books, digital repository, and journals but does not search for individual articles, websites, etc.

Search for Articles

Search articles from databases indexed by Primo. Search most, but not necessarily all, databases at once.

Search Course Reserves

Search just those items placed on course reserve by the professor.

What do I do with search results?

Refining search results

From the results page, you will have several options. You can refine your search results using Facets (or limiters) along the left side of the page. Currently the default results list allows you to see only items the UAB Libraries have access to in full. If you'd like to expand your search beyond these borders, click on Expand My Results at the top of the Facets. This will allow you to see articles, not books, that are not currently owned/accessible to UAB Libraries. 

Use a facet

You may select one of the following facets: availability (full-text online/available in the library), library, resource type (ex: articles, books, dissertations, etc.), author/creator, subject, date, journal title, and language.

Locate an item

From the actual record of the item, you will see ways to SEND TO, LOCATE IT, VIEW IT, or GET IT

SEND TO: gives options for exporting, citing, permanent linking, printing, and/or emailing the record.

LOCATE IT: for items in print, this shows the location and call number of the item.

VIEW IT: this appears for electronic items, giving you the link to the item.

GET IT: this option will appear if you have located material available for Interlibrary Loan.


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