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NMSU Library's new integrated discovery search tool

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A New Book Search

Books & Ebooks

Searching for physical books in Primo is pretty similar to searching for anything else. At the start page, you can choose to search only books. Depending on your campus, you will have the opportunity to search only in your campus library or in "all campuses."

In the following example, I searched "Samuel Beckett" with the scope as "Books (Las Cruces Campus)."

A Primo searched example of Samuel Beckett screenshot

You can also focus broad, "Everything" searches using the facets on the left side of the search interface.

In the following, we searched "Faulkner" with the broadest possible scope. Then we went over to Resource Type (marked here with a blue box) and selected just "Books" to reduce what we were looking at.

A Primo search 'everything' facets on the left side of the screen and filters to narrow your search options screenshot
  • Physical books -- Go to "Availability" (orange box above) and select "Held by Library." These resources will be in the general collection, reference collection, special collection, and government documents, among other physical locations. 
  • Ebooks -- Similarly, choose "Available Online" to see if we have an eBook that you want.

The system will let you know what filters you used under the "Active Filters" section, marked here with a green box. You can remove filters simply by clicking the X symbol or hitting "reset."