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SSI2-148: Medical Narratives

Using Primo

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.

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Featured Books

A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.

Strategies for Finding Books

  1. Start with specific titles suggested in subject encyclopedia entries.
  2. Identify the Library of Congress Subject Headings for that book to identify more books on the topic.
  3. If required for your assignment, make sure that the book is scholarly. 
  4. To find eBooks, use the filters on the right to limit your results to eBooks (under "Resource Type")

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

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. 

Here are several examples:

What kind of resource is it?

Locating sources from a citation is a two step process. First, you need to determine what the source is! Then look it up using the following methods:

  • If the item is a book or a chapter or essay in a book, you'll need to look up the title of the book (not the title of the chapter!) in Primo
  • If the item is a journal article, you'll need to look up the title of the journal (not the title of the article!). 


Consider the citations below and match them to the correct resource type.

Cianchetti, Carlo, et al. “The Perceived Burden of Epilepsy: Impact on the Quality of Life of Children and Adolescents and Their Families.” Seizure, vol. 24, Jan. 2015, pp. 93–101. 

Book: 0 votes (0%)
Journal article: 4 votes (100%)
Book chapter: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 4


El Refaie, Elisabeth. "Dynamic Embodiment and the Graphic Illness Narrative Genre." Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives. Oxford UP, 2019, pp. 47-80. 

Book: 1 votes (50%)
Journal article: 0 votes (0%)
Book chapter: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2

Reading a Call Number

Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.


  • Start with the top line. It is in alphabetical order. Ex. PN
  • The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 56
  • The third line is  a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg. Y.23, Y.34, Y.344, Y.4, etc. Ex. .T82 S6 (*Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.)
  • The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order. Ex. 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015, etc. Ex. 1978

Use the library map to find where the book is located.