Linda Hall Library The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Using the Primo Discovery Layer
Linda Hall Library Catalog and Nelson-Atkins Spencer Library OneSearch

Simple Search
Type one or more words and click the Search button.
*Primo assumes that you are searching for all entered words unless OR or NOT are specified between the words and phrases.
Try the following search options to get the best results for your search:
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Searching for a Phrase
To search for a phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both words and phrases in your search.
*If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.
For example, to search for global warming as one term, type the following in the search box:
Searching for Any Specified Words or Phrases
Type OR between words or phrases to find items that contain either term.
For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type the following in the search box:
*To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, Primo will consider them as part of the query.
Excluding Words or Phrases
Use NOT to exclude items that contain specific words or phrases.
For example, to search for items with the word Celtic and exclude any of these items with the word Irish, type the following in the search box:
Searching Using Wildcard Characters
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?—enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, etc.
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*—enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.
Grouping Terms Within a Query
Use parentheses to group terms within a query. For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type the following in the search box:
Selecting Your Search Scope
The search scope defines where the system should perform the search. A default search scope is predefined; however, you can change the scope of your search by selecting a search scope from the drop-down list as shown in the following example.
The Selected Databases scope allows you to search remote databases that you have selected using the Find Databases feature. For information on selecting remote databases, see Selecting Databases.


Advanced Search
Type one or more words and click the Search button.
*Primo assumes that you are searching for all entered words unless OR or NOT are specified between the words and phrases.


Browse Search
Browse Search allows you to search the library catalog (physical collections and electronic publications) alphabetically by subject, author, or publication title. From the results list, click an underlined entry to see its associated records. It is also possible to browse by call number, which returns a list of associated records in brief format. Clicking a title displays its full record.
Example Browse Results by Title
To access Browse, click the Browse Search link next to the simple search box, as shown below.
Browse Search Link


Search Tips
If you can't find a book in the library catalog using Primo, try:
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Limiting your search results
Limit your search results using the prefilter dropdown under the search bar. Click Search to see your limited results.
You can also use the options under Refine My Results to narrow your search by Subject, Author, Location, Publication Date, Resource Type, and more. These options are known as facets; by clicking on one of these options you effectively limit your search results to the desired criteria.
Phrase searching
To search for a phrase, type quotation marks around it; see Searching for a Phrase for more information.
On the Books & More search tab, using Simple Search, you can also choose with my exact phrase from the dropdown under the search bar.
Doing an Advanced Search
Use Advanced Search to select a search index; options include title, author, subject and many other fields. You can also create a combination search for multiple fields such as author and title.
To search for a book by title, select in the title and type as many words as you remember in the search box; click Search or hit Enter.
Switching back to the classic library catalog
Click Classic Catalog or Library Catalog in the menu bar at the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

*If the library doesn't own the item, check for other libraries, including public libraries, using Worldcat.org. Nelson-Atkins Museum staff may contact the Spencer Art Reference Library staff for an interlibrary loan request.


Z39.50 Searching
Z39.50 is a an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/NISO communications protocol. It is used to search and retrieve bibliographic data in online databases of library holdings. For more information, see The ANSI/NISO Z39.50 Protocol at cni.org.
Voyager includes a Z39.50 server that facilitates communication with the library catalog using this protocol. The Z39.50 server provides an alternative to searching with WebVoyage.
Z39.50 client
This form of access requires Z39.50 client software; a list of free and commercial programs may be found at the Z39.50 International Standard Maintenance Agency.
Z39.50 server
Our Z39.50 server is available on port 7090 of the Voyager server lhall.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com; enter VOYAGER as the database code.


Using the Brief Results
The Brief results display all the items that match your search query. For each item, the following information displays:
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Title—Depending on your institution’s configuration, clicking the title displays either the item’s information or the online resource.
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Star icon—click the Star icon next to the title to add or remove the item from your basket. A highlighted star indicates that you have already added it to your basket.
Brief Results
If you would like to see more information on an item, you can select the following tabs:
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View Online Tab
The View Online tab displays items that are available online inside the tab. If the item has multiple entries, click an entry to display the item on a new page.
View Online Tab
Locations Tab
The Locations tab lists all of the locations that hold this item. To get more information on the location that holds the item, click either the location link or the Plus icon.
Details Tab
The Details tab displays the item’s full record and additional links.
Example Details Tab
Place a Hold Tab
The Place a Hold tab allows you to place a hold for physical items (such as books and audio CDs) from your institution. Depending on your institution, you may be able to request these items directly from Primo. Otherwise, this tab will link you to your institution to perform requests. Note that you may have to sign in to Primo or your institution to make a request.


Using Find Databases
The Find Databases option enables you to search for specific remote databases and include these databases in Primo searches.
To display the Find Databases lightbox, click the Find Databases link, which appears at the top of each page and to the right of the Search Scope drop-down list on the Advanced Search page.
Find Database Lightbox
From this lightbox, you can perform the following actions:
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Searching for Databases
The All Databases tab displays the databases selected by your institution. To search for specific databases, fill in the relevant fields on the upper section of the lightbox and then click the Find Databases button. You can use truncation and other search techniques in your search. To display the results, click the Databases Results tab.
Selecting Databases
Select databases from either the All Databases tab or the Databases Results tab (if you have performed a search). Databases that are marked as restricted cannot be searched from offsite but can be searched from workstations within the library.
To select databases, select the check box next to each database that you want to include in your searches.
After you have completed your selections, click the Selection Completed button to exit the lightbox and to update the Selected Databases search scope.


My Account
My Account enables you to view checked out items and perform library services, such as renewing a book or canceling a request. In addition, you are able to define your personal Primo settings. To access My Account, click the My Account link, which appears at the top of each page in Primo.
You can tailor the Primo user interface so that it reflects the way you usually search. For example, you can specify the default language, the maximum numbers of search results per page, your e-mail address, and your cell phone number. To set your preferences, click the Personal Settings option on the left side of My Account.
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Why Should I Sign In?
When you sign into Primo, you are able to do the following:
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Set alerts for your queries. Alerts run automatically and send email notification of new items.
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Why Should I Sign Out?
You should sign out of Primo so that your searches remain private and your personal settings and basket are not tampered with. This is particularly important on public access computers.
Get a Login
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Linda Hall Library: Please see the Services section on the About page for Linda Hall Library. To sign in, you will need to know the last name on your library account (including any suffixes such as Ph.D. or Sr.) and your barcode number (e.g. 23690123456789).
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Spencer Art Reference Library: Please see the Services section on the About page for the Spencer Art Reference Library. To sign in, you will need to know the last name on your library account (including any suffixes such as Ph.D. or Sr.) and your barcode text (e.g. LASTNAME).


Using e-Shelf to Save, E-mail, and Print
e-Shelf allows you to save, print, and e-mail items that you find during your Primo session. To access e-Shelf, click the e-Shelf link at the top of the page.
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Saving Items to e-Shelf
When you select the Star icon for an item in the search results, the system highlights the icon and adds the item to the Basket folder in e-Shelf.
*You must sign in to save items in e-Shelf for future sessions.
Removing Items from e-Shelf
To remove an item and all of its copies in the various folders in e-Shelf, select the highlighted Star icon next to the item in the search results.
If you do not want to delete all copies of an item in e-Shelf, you must remove each copy directly from e-Shelf. For more information on removing items from e-Shelf, see Managing Items.
Viewing Items Saved in e-Shelf
To view items that are saved in e-Shelf, click the Basket folder or any of its subfolders. From the list of items, click the item that you want to display.
Managing Folders
From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on folders:
Copy Folder—Click this button to copy the selected folder into memory. The original folder will not be changed or deleted.
Managing Items
From the e-Shelf tab, you can perform the following operations on items:
Save Items—Select an option (such as Push to Connotea) from the Save pull-down list and then click this button to save the selected items.


Using Queries, Alerts, and RSS Feeds
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What Is a Query?
A query is a saved search word or phrase; it is accessible from your e-Shelf or My Account. You can do the following with queries:
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Activate alerts on your saved queries to have them run automatically at scheduled times to provide you with updated results from queries.
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If you are signed in, you can save a query by clicking the Save Search link, which appears below the facets on the Brief Results page. You can access your saved and session queries by clicking either the e-Shelf or My Account link and then clicking the My Queries tab.
My Queries Tab - This Session’s Queries
This tab contains the following folders:
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*If you are not signed in, your queries are available only during the current session.
You can run a saved query yourself, or you can set it as an alert that runs automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results by e-mail.
What Is an Alert?
An alert is a process that runs your query automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results via e-mail.
To view the list of alerts, click the Saved Queries & Alerts menu. To configure an alert for a saved query, click the Update link for that query and then specify the alert settings.
Activating RSS Feeds
Syndicated content, otherwise known as Really Simple Syndication (RSS), is a popular way to distribute information from Web sites. For example, using RSS, a news site or a blog can automatically feed its news articles or entries to a group of subscribers.
RSS feeds in Primo are used to notify you of new items found by the query. RSS feeds can be activated from either the search results or the Saved Queries & Alerts folder on the My Queries tab. All that you need is to have an RSS reader installed on your computer.
If your browser supports RSS, click the RSS button. A window from which you can subscribe to the RSS feeds opens. Follow the instructions in the window.
If your browser does not support RSS, right-click the RSS button, copy the URL, and paste it into the RSS reader.