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SSI2-131: Changing the Game: Gender, Equality, and College Sports

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.

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.

General Primo Search Tips

  • Use the pull-down scoping options to search Collins, Summit and Articles OR Collins and Summit, OR just Collins.
  • Use quotes to search for "exact titles".
  • Use the filters on the right side to quickly narrow your search.
  • Sign in with your Puget Sound username and password to gain access to online resources and request items from other libraries.

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

Books in Primo are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). 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 locate more materials that are conceptually related efficiently. Note: some databases may use different subject headings, but as a general rule, most academic libraries and databases used in academic libraries will use LCSH.

Here are some examples:

Recreation. Leisure—History

Outdoor Recreation


Sports for women--Bibliography


Sex discrimination in education--Government policy--United States

Sex discrimination in sports--Law and legislation--United States

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. GV
  • The second line is a whole number.  Ex. 709
  • 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. .U6 W37 (*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. 2007

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

Summit & ILL Borrowing

Summit Borrowing allows you to get books from the other libraries that belong to the same consortium of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Instead of just one library, it's like you've got 39! Books take 3-5 working days to arrive, at which point they will be held for you at the circulation desk for one week, where you can pick them up with your ID card. You may keep Summit books for 6 weeks and there is an option to renew. You can see your Summit requests by clicking the 'My Account' link when logged in to Primo. 

Interlibrary Loan is good for both books and articles, and allows you to borrow materials from anywhere in the world! Most articles arrive within 3-4 days, while books can take up to two weeks. Look for the "request item from interlibrary loan" button or "Interlibrary Loan" link in Primo.

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