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Primo/Alma/One Search: One Search FAQ

One Search is a search bar that allows users to search many databases at once while also getting results from the library catalog. The product we use to bring you One Search comes from a company called Ex Libris. They call this product Primo.

One Search Highlights

What isn’t in One Search?

There are a few databases that will not be included in the results, such as CQ ResearcherOpposing ViewpointsERIC, PsycArticles, and Ovid Nursing Journals. These must be searched separately. If you’re not finding quite the right thing, get in touch with a librarian.

What is One Search?

What we call One Search is a product made by Ex Libris that is compatible with some of their other software that is used in conjunction. Primo is the product that is public facing while Alma is the software we use behind the counter. You can find out more about Ex Libris and their software on their website. 

Introducing One Search

What Does One Search Contain?

This all-in-one search box finds a variety of materials in many of our resources at once, saving time and organizing search results in one place.

These are the databases that are searched all at once:

  • Academic Search Complete
  • JSTOR
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • PBS Video Collection
  • ArtStor
  • arXiv
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

Some resources show up in the results of One Search that are independent of our database subscriptions. Here are some of those sources that are automatically searched when you use One Search:

  • SpringerLink
  • EconPapers
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Dialnet
  • DataCite
  • DASH (Harvard Library)
  • SwePub
  • AgEcon
  • DiVA Academic Archive Online
  • SciELO Brazil (Scientific Electronic Library Online)
  • LSE Research Online (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • eScholarship
  • Inderscience Journals 
  • + a lot more!

One Search Contains

Piechart of items indexed by Primo

 54% Print books, magazines, journals, maps, and more

 21% Electronic newspaper, magazines, and journal articles

 16% Online encyclopedias and non-fiction e-books

 9% Streaming video and other media