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SSI2-117: Coming Out! The Gay Liberation Movement: Books & More

Using Primo

Primo is a library search tool for finding materials in the Collins Library and Summit libraries.  You can search for books, selected articles and more in a single search box.

Search Primo

General Primo Search Tips

  • Use the pull-down scoping options to search Collins, Summit and Articles OR Collins and Summit, OR just Collins.
  • Use quotes to search for "exact titles".
  • Use the filters on the right side to quickly narrow your search.
  • Sign in with your Puget Sound username and password to gain access to online resources and request items from other libraries.

What about books?

Scholarly books can also be excellent sources for establishing historical and cultural background, locating background information, or placing your topic in context with related issues.  Search Collins Library Primo Search for titles.  A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.

Practice Using Primo

Using Primo and keywords from your concept map, find a book related to your topic.

1. Does Collins Library have this book?  Where would you find it?

2.  Click on the tab "item details"  to find the subject headings. What are they?

3.  Click on one of the subject headings for the book and re-run the search.  Then use the facets on the right to find a book published since 2000.

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

Books in Primo are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings.  In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related. 

Subject headings tend to lag behind terminology used today, meaning some subject headings may be outdated or considered incorrect. See QueerLCSH for a comprehensive list of Library of Congress subject headings. Keep in mind other databases may use other subject terms.

Here are several examples of the various ways you can use LCSH to help pinpoint what you need:

Gays -- United States

Gays -- United States -- History

Homosexuality -- United States -- History

Gay rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century

Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History

Gays -- Political activity -- United States

Lesbians -- Political activity -- United States

Stonewall Riots, New York, N.Y., 1969

What does the colored text next to my search results mean?

The colored text lets you know the availability of an item.

  • Green text = item is available at Collins Library.  Click on the title, then the "Get It" tab or "View It" tab (left side).
  • Yellow text = item is available at a Summit library. Use the "Get It" tab to submit a Summit request.
  • Gray text = item is not available at Collins Library. If it is a book, you can submit a Summit request. If the item is an article, it is not available full-text. Submit an interlibrary loan request.

Reading a Call Number

Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.


Book record example

  • Start with the top line. It is in alphabetical order. Ex. HQ
  • The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 76.8
  • The third line is  a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg. Y.23, Y.34, Y.344, Y.4, etc. Ex. .U5 D 69 (*Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.)
  • The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order. Ex. 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015, etc. Ex. 2016

Use the library location chart and map to find where the book is located.

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Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you.  If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katherine "Katy" Curtis, Humanities Librarian
Schedule an appointment
tel: (253) 879-3672
office:  Collins Library 140

If you can't find Katy, remember there are several ways to get help with your research

And don't forget about the Ask a Librarian 24/7 service: Anytime, anywhere! This instant messaging reference service lets you chat with a librarian no matter what time it is. Puget Sound librarians can email you to follow up if you leave your email address.