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PASCAL Primo VE (Find It @ UofSC Libraries) Training

What are you searching?


Basic Definitions

   Primo- Ex Libris discovery service, public interface for your catalog, PASCAL Delivers, and loads of additional content

   Primo VE- pronounced Primo V, the version we are using.  Important to know if you look at documentation or follow Primo listserv.  Sometimes it does matter if it is Primo or Primo VE

How your library named it:  OneSearch, Find It, maybe something else

   Alma-the behind the scenes system used by staff for acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, etc


Once you begin entering a search, you will see different search scopes which are customizable for each library.  The options and what they are called may still be a work in progress but expect:

Articles, books and more

Recommended name for Central Discovery Index  + your library catalog

Signing In may give you more results.  Some metadata is only shared if you subscribe to the product.  Web of Science for example.

Your library catalog Print and online holdings for your library.  Lots of different ways for this being named.
PASCAL Delivers All the holdings of the PASCAL Libraries

You may also see scopes for:

Course Reserves  
EBSCO Library determines which of their EBSCO databases to include.  Searches metadata from those databases.  EBSCO does not contribute the metadata to the Central Discovery Index.  User will need to sign-in before seeing any results.  Facets/filters are very limited.  If there is a problem with one of the databases included in this scope, the entire scope will fail.


Central Discovery Index

In any scope that includes content from the Central Discovery Index, the default action is to return only results that are accessible to the patron--either available online through your library or open access or in print in the library.  Users can select Expand My Results to search for materials that will require Interlibrary Loan.  Some libraries may have chosen not to display this option or renamed it.



Ex Libris Central Discovery Index - Overview  (Ex Libris Knowledge Center)

Ex Libris Central Discovery Index (CDI) Update (October 2019) – YouTube video, WebEx recording, or PDF file. Some information relates to Primo, not PrimoVE, for example grouped records instead of merged records when the same item has content from several different metadata providers.

The Match & Merge Story: Improving Search Results, Reducing User Confusion (Sept. 12, 2019) – YouTube videoWebEx recording, or PDF file.