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Quick guide to searching on UEF Primo

Search groups in UEF Primo: library collections, international articles, all e-resources, everything.

There are four search groups in UEF Primo:

Library Catalog = library's printed and electronic books and journals, dissertations, databases

International Articles = International full-text articles and article references

All e-resources = all electronic materials: publications and databases

Everything = all these together

Unless you change the search group, your search will default to Library collections.

Advanced search (cartoon* OR comic*) AND (women OR gender).

Open the UEF Primo Advanced Search Form from the link next to the basic search window.

  1. Choose which collection you want to search: Library Catalog, International articles, All e-resources or Everything.
  2. Choose the search field (for example, search in only the Subject field).
  3. Type down your search terms. Use operator OR (in CAPITALS) to combine alternatives, synonyms, or broader and narrower terms.
  4. Select a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the search field entries. This search will give you results containing words cartoon / comics, AND women / gender.

NOTE! An AND operator that combines search lines is generally worth letting it be; this is how the search logic works correctly.

For more search rows to merge with the AND operator, click Add a new line.

PErforming an search "human-animal relationship" in Subject field AND (child* OR youth) in Title field.

Aligning search words to different search fields will refine your search. There are six search fields: Any field, Title, Author/Creator, Subject, ISBN and ISSN. You can select the field where you want to find the keyword /s from the drop-down list. The default is Any field, which fetches words from all fields and therefore brings the most search results.

All words that appear in a search need not always be found in the same field. In an example search, words in the first line are searched in the Subject field, Title field in the second line.

Refining search results using filters like years 2000-2022, peer-reviewed journal, language (English) and available online.

After the search is done, you will see the refining filters on the right. You can narrow the search result by e.g. availability, resource type, subject, publication date and language. You can choose as many filters as you want. In example the filters are following:

  • years 2000-2002
  • excluding subject "Science & Technology" as irrelevant
  • Peer-reviewed journals
  • language English
  • Available online

If you want to keep the chosen filters for the duration of the session, click Remember All filters.


  • Refining your search result to Peer-reviewed journals  is useful especially when looking for sources to support your own research. In peer review, the publication has been reviewed by experts in the field and you no longer have to consider the reliability of the source.
  • If you limit the results to Open access publications only, please note that there are a lot of good, so called paid articles which are then missing out. Therefore, use this filter with discretion.
  • When the search query and limiters are in place, save the search query by selecting Save query below the search. This will allow you to return to your search and its results later.