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SSI1-192: Elvis & MJ: The Image of the Kings: 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 36 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 doucuments and more.
  • Journal titles are searchable, but articles are not.

What do the colored dots next to my search results mean?

The colored dots let you know the availability of an item.

Green dot = item is available at Collins Library.  Click on the "find and request" tab or "view online" tab.

Yellow dot = item is available at a Summit library. Use the "find and request" tab to submit a Summit request.

Gray dot = 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.

If your item is physically available in the Collins Library, use this chart to to find which floor a book is shelved by call number. You can also check the map which shows what's available on each floor.

If the item is NOT at Collins, request books held by Summit libraries for delivery to Collins Library in about 5 days. Books that are unavailable from Summit libraries can be requested via Interlibrary loan if needed, for delivery in about 12 days.


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. BJ

The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 1470.5

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. H47

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. 2008


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

2.  Click on the tab "item details"  to find the subject headings.

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

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 facets in the left-hand sidebar to quickly navigate through search results.
  • Use AND (in upper case) to combine different words in a search.
  • Use Advanced Search to perform more granular searches.
  • Try Browse Search to browse by author, subject or title.
  • Sign in with your Puget Sound username and password to gain access to additional features
  • After logging in, save book lists with E-Shelf.