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Searching for Resources

Tips on how to search for the resources you need!

An Introduction to Primo

Primo is a search tool on the SUSS Library Website, which you can use to search all of the resources offered and available with SUSS Library. You can learn more about Primo here.

(If you’re looking for newspaper articles, use Factiva or Newslink instead.)

Do remember to log in with your SUSS username and password for full access, and to be able to save your searches as well. Learn how to log in here.

Basic Search

A basic search allows you to quickly search through broad topics using relevant keywords or phrases, and also yields broad results. It’s a good place to start to get a general sense of what articles or resources might be available.

For example, searching “student stress” yields over a whopping 2 million results!

Advanced Search

We can narrow our search down using advanced search.

  • Search Scope: Everything, Electronic. Just looking for electronic sources? You can narrow your search scope.
  • Any field: “any field”, title, author/creator, subject, ISBN, ISSN.
  • Material Type: You can search specifically for Books, Journals, Articles, Conference Proceedings, Newspaper Articles, Audiovisual material.
  • Language: English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
  • Publication Date: This narrows your search by year, or a specific date range. This is useful if you would like to search for recent articles (which may be more updated and relevant), or older articles (for example, if you might like to compare new information with older information).

Do note that depending on your research topic, refining your search too narrowly may yield either too few, or no results at all. So be sure to play around with your keywords.

Filtering and Sorting Your Results

You can use the filters (scroll on the left) to sort the results by relevance, date (newest to oldest, or oldest to newest), author, or title. You can also only filter for the following: (peer-reviewed journals, full text online, available in the library, open access), and so on.