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SSI1-139: The Third Wave: Rock After the Beatles: Books & More


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.

What are scopes?

Scopes are different collections to search.  Change scopes by using the drop down menu next to the search box. The default scope is 'Collins, Summit, and Articles.' It includes items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library, and items owned by the 36 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Selected articles subscribed to by Collins Library are available. Search individual databases for more comprehensive results.

Other scope options are:

Collins and Summit

  • Items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library.
  • Collections of 39 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.


  • Only owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library.
  • Includes ebooks, print books, cds, scores, DVDs, course reserves, government documents and more.
  • Journal titles and article titles are searchable.

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. ML

The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 34534

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. R492

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. 2006


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

Highlighted Books

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Primo Search Exercise

Using Primo, find a book about punk rock music.

1. Use the filters on the right to limit your search results to sources published since 2000.

2. Pick a title that looks interesting. Does Collins Library have it?  Where would you find it?

2.  Look at the "item details"  to find the subject headings.

3.  Click on one of the subject headings for the book and re-run the search.  How does this differ from your first search?

Searching Primo for Music Topics

When searching about music topics in Primo, try these strategies.

  • Name of artist, last name first, ex. "Eno, Brian"
    • When the artist uses a first name only, add the word musician or singer, ex. Sting musician, Madonna singer
    • If there is no first and last name, put the words in quotes, ex. "Dr. Dre," "Lady Gaga"
  • Name of band and musical group, ex. Yes AND "musical group", "Pussy Riot" AND "musical group"
  • Genre of music
    • "progressive rock"
    • "grunge music"
    • "alternative rock music"
    • "punk rock music"
    • "new wave music"
    • "heavy metal music"
    • "glam rock"
    • "country rock music"
    • "jazz rock music"

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.