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Search techniques and information retrieval

UEF-Primo's search groups appear, when you start to type down to the search box.

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. The search is targeted to databases in many different fields at the same time. 

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

Everything = all these together. Note that this search will also find material that is not in the library collections and articles with no access to full text.

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

In the basic search, the search group appears when you start typing in the search box. In the advanced search, you can select a search group at the top of the search form.


UEF Primo's advanced search form. The search query is (cartoon OR comics OR "graphic novels") AND ((women OR girl* OR female) AND hero*. AND operator is chosen to connect the search rows.

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). The default All fields is so called free text search, i.e. your keywords target all fields.
  3. Type down your search terms. Use operator OR (in CAPITALS) to combine alternatives, synonyms, or broader / narrower terms. There may be as many OR operators as you need. Phrases should be written inside quotation marks, use * (asterisk) to truncate your search terms. Avoid truncation within the phrase.
  4. Select a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the search field entries. The AND operator that connects the search rows is generally worth letting it be; this is how the search logic works correctly. The search in the example will give you results containing words cartoon / comics / "graphic novels" AND women / girl* / female AND hero*.

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


In advanced search form the search field are chosen from the drop-down menu. The first phrase "human-animal relationship" appears in Subject field, the search terms child OR youth on the second row appear in Title field and the last search term autism is being searched in All fields.

Aligning search terms 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 search term(s) from the drop-down list. The default is Any field, which fetches words from all fields and therefore brings the most search results (so called Free text search).

All words that appear in a search need not always be found in the same field. In an example search, the phrase in the first line is searched in the Subject field, the search terms in the second line in Title field, and the last search term in All fields.


Search results

Active filters in this search: peer-reviewed journals, English, years 2010-2024.

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 (see the example). 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.
The reference found can be either sent to a reference manager (e.g. Mendeley or Endnote), emailed, copied as a permanent link, printed or stored in RIS format for e.g. Zotero reference manager.

Next to each search result are icons (for example, envelope and a pin) and three dots. Clicking on the three dots opens the reference further processing menu (see example image). The reference found can be either sent to a reference manager programme (e.g. Mendeley or Endnote), emailed, copied as a permanent link, printed or stored in RIS format for e.g. Zotero reference manager. Read more about reference management programs on the library's home page.

The menu that opens from behind the three dots also has a Citation button (in red in the picture), which opens the quick reference menu. There are a few of the most common reference styles in the menu, e.g. APA, Chicago, Harvard and MLA. A quick reference can be copied to be attached to your own text. Please remember that the accuracy of the references should always be checked before you use them in your own text.

There is always the latest edition of the APA and MLA reference styles. The latest edition is automatically updated to UEF Primo.


Searching for various materials

Use and availability of information resources

Text "Out of library" tells that the book in on loan. By clicking the text, the due date will appear.

The text "Not available" usually means that the book is on loan. You can see the due date by clicking the "Not available" text link. If there are more than one copy of the book, click on the item in the availability screen for that book (see the example image), and the due date will appear.

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