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How to use Primo to find electronic journals

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Summary: Primo is a web-based resource discovery too. You can work from home and make use of all the advanced features on offer, by logging in to it using your University computer username and password. Limit your searches across electronic resources (e-journals and e-books) using the Advanced Search option and then link out to their websites to read them in full text (where we have paid for them).

 

A guide to using Primo is available at the end of this section.

 

IMPORTANT: it is essential that you have set up off campus access to electroninc resources (i.e. saved the University's web proxy address on the web browser on your own computer) before you start.

 

Finding e-journals: 7 important things to remember 

 

  1. Primo can search for the titles of e-journals. 
  2. Primo can find individual journal articles published in some e-journals (but does not perform well compared to comprehensive searching supported by the databases themselves). Use it to search for specific journal articles, but is not recommended for searching for journal articles on a topic. 
  3. The SFX linking service links you out to an e-journal websites where you can begin your search within the contents for specific journal articles.
  4. You have access to full text material only if we have paid for it (unfortunately that is not everything that has ever been published).
  5. You must configure your web browser to use the University's proxy server address (it makes it look to the e-journal provider that you are working on the campus network).
  6. You must install Adobe Reader software in order to read full text articles in PDF (easy to read portable document format).
  7. Copyright law is strict to protect the rights of the owner and covers journal article material in both paper and electronic format (see Guides to ... section below).

 

How to find relevant e-journals

 

  1. Note important keywords that must appear in the catalogue record of a journal, particularly in the title. 
  2. Login to Primo at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk:1701/ using your University computer username and password.
  3. Click on the link to Advanced Search located alongside the basic search box.
  4. In the first search box type in the important keyword(s) that must be found in the title of the journal; keep the field to search as Any.
  5. In the Material Type menu select Journals.
  6. In the Search Scope menu select Libraries.
  7. Click on the orange Search button.
  8. Primo will list all the journals that contain your keywords somewhere in their records (both in print and electronic format).
  9. In the Show only section click on Full Text Online.
  10. If you do not find anything think about alternative keywords or broaden your search to a more general level.
  11. To begin your search for journal articles you must first click on the link to View Online.
  12. On the journal's website conduct a search for relevant journal articles.
  13. Browse through the results of your search, read the abstract information of potentially good articles, and select the ones you need to read in full text.
  14. Look for a link to full text of a journal article in PDF (portable document format); save or print it using the Adobe Reader toolbar at the top of the page (TIP: use the print command in the Adobe Reader toolbar - do not use the print command from your browser menu).

 

IMPORTANT: DO NOT PAY FOR THE ARTICLE IF YOU ARE ASKED

 

  1. Instead look for and click on a link at the top of the page that may be named Login or Institutional Login or Shibboleth Login or UK Access Management Federation or UK Federation. Unfortunately the journal publishers choose the name for the link which accounts for the variety of names! However they all work in the same way.
  2. Choose your institution’s location - it has to be UK or UK Access Management Federation or UK Federation no matter where you are located in the world.
  3. Choose University of Aberdeen.
  4. At the login prompt enter your University computer username and password. This should enable access to journal articles in full text where we have paid for them.
  5. If you either cannot find a link to full text, or are still asked for payment, our subscription probably doesn't cover the year you need.

 

How to find a specific journal article

  1. Login to Primo at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk:1701/ using your University computer username and password.
  2. Primo opens on the option to search the Aberdeen Collections - click on the Journal articles, ebooks and more tab next to it.
  3. In the search box type the family name of an author together with two or three significant keywords from the title of the journal article, e.g. to find the article by Charles Cho et al. (2011) Astroturfing Global Warming: It Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 104(4), pp.571-587 type in the following search terms: cho astroturfing fence.
  4. Once you have found the record click on the title to open the SFX linking service. Simply click on the GO  button to link to the journal article on the source database.

 

Use Primo to check if we have paid for the journal (in which the article is published) in electronic format, then link out to the journal to navigate to the article itself on the publisher's website. To do this:

  1. Login to Primo at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk:1701/ using your University computer username and password.
  2. In the basic Aberdeen Collections search box type in the full title of the journal and enclose in "quotation marks", e.g. "journal of accounting research".
  3. From the All Libraries/Collections menu select Libraries.
  4. Click on the orange Search button.
  5. Primo will find the journal if we have paid for it.
  6. Journals available in electronic format will have Online Access on their record.
  7. Click on the SFX link for the journal to check if we have access to the year of publication.  
  8. The SFX service tells you clearly the years covered by our subscription. Click on GO to link out to the relevant publisher’s website.
  9. Browse through the years, volume and issue numbers and navigate to the first page of the article you need.
  10. Look for a link to full text of the journal article in PDF (portable document format); save or print it using the Adobe Reader toolbar at the top of the page (TIP: use the print command in the Adobe Reader toolbar - do not use the print command from your browser menu).

 

IMPORTANT: DO NOT PAY FOR THE ARTICLE IF YOU ARE ASKED

 

  1. Instead look for and click on a link at the top of the page that may be named Login or Institutional Login or Shibboleth Login or UK Access Management Federation or UK Federation. Unfortunately the journal publishers choose the name for the link which accounts for the variety of names! However they all work in the same way.
  2. Choose your institution’s location - it has to be UK or UK Access Management Federation or UK Federation no matter where you are located in the world.
  3. Choose University of Aberdeen.
  4. At the login prompt enter your University computer username and password. This should enable access to journal articles in full text where we have paid for them.
  5. If you either cannot find a link to full text, or are still asked for payment, our subscription probably doesn't cover the year you need.

 

NOTE: you may find when you open the SFX window that we do not subscribe to a particular journal in electronic format. Choose to search the library catalogue instead because there is a chance that we may pay for a paper copy of the journal.

 

Guides and help

Library Guide: QG PRI001 Primo

Vodcast: Looking for a journal article (video-style demo)

Web page: Setting up proxy server access

IT Service Desk: servicedesk@abdn.ac.uk; tel. 01224-273636 (also out of hours number)



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