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SSI2-148: Medical Narratives: Books

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.

Featured Books

A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.

Strategies for Finding Books

1.  Start with specific titles suggested in subject encyclopedia entries.

2.  Identify the Library of Congress Subject Headings for that book to identify more books on the topic.

3.  If required for your assignment, make sure that the book is scholarly. 


**To find eBooks, use the filters on the right to limit your results to eBooks (under "Resource Type")

What kind of resource is it?

Locating sources from a citation is a two step process. First, you need to determine what the source is! Then look it up using the following methods:

  • If the item is a book or a chapter or essay in a book, you'll need to look up the title of the book (not the title of the chapter!) in Primo
  • If the item is a journal article, you'll need to look up the title of the journal (not the title of the article!). 


Consider the citations below and match them to the correct resource type.

Cianchetti, Carlo, et al. “The Perceived Burden of Epilepsy: Impact on the Quality of Life of Children and Adolescents and Their Families.” Seizure, vol. 24, Jan. 2015, pp. 93–101. 

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El Refaie, Elisabeth. "Dynamic Embodiment and the Graphic Illness Narrative Genre." Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives. Oxford UP, 2019, pp. 47-80. 

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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. 

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

Diseases and literature

Cancer in literature

Medical fiction -- History and criticism

Narration (Rhetoric) -- Psychological aspects

Literature and medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century

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.


  • Start with the top line. It is in alphabetical order. Ex. PN
  • The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 56
  • 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. .T82 S6 (*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. 1978

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

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!

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

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