Primo is a library search tool for finding materials in the Collins Library and Summit libraries. You can search for books, selected articles and more in a single search box.
Keep in mind - it is not usually necessary to read a book from cover to cover to engage with the author's argument. Instead, you may focus on a particular chapter or use the index to find parts most relevant to your needs.
Books in Primo are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings. In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related.
Subject headings tend to lag behind terminology used today, meaning some subject headings may be outdated or considered incorrect. See Queer LCSH for a comprehensive list of Library of Congress subject headings. Keep in mind other databases may use other subject terms.
Here are several examples:
Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.
Use the library map to find where the book is located.
Using Primo and keywords from your concept map, find a book related to your topic.