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Library website

The quick search box on the Library Website <> allows you to search Primo for books, ebooks, videos and articles simultaneously (the everything search tab), then narrow your results to a specific source type, or you can search for specific source types by using the Books/Media tab or the Articles tab.


  • Search for books, ebooks and videos using the Books/Media tab on the SUNY Broome Library website.
  • Use broader terms if more specific terms are not giving you any results. 
  • Select "Other Libraries" on the drop-down search type to search more libraries.
  • Use the Get It button to request a book through Interlibray loan, if it is not availlable at the SUNY Broome Library.
  • How to Find a Book  tutorial

Finding Articles

  • Select the Articles tab to search for articles from scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines or newspapers. 
  • Click Available Online  to link to full-text in another database, or click Find full-text or request copy to request the article through Interlibrary loan.
  • How to Find an Article  tutorial

Search Tips

  • Use quotation marks for phrase searching: "media violence"
  • Use the wildcard symbol (?) within a word to find variations in spelling (wom?n will find woman and women)
  • Use the truncation symbol (*) to find alternative endings: aggress* will find aggression, aggressive
  • Use the operator AND to narrow your search, OR to broaden your search
  • Use parentheses to group terms with multiple operators: "media violence" AND (debate OR controversy)
  • For research on an argumentative paper, some search terms to try: 
    • statisticsdebate, argument, issues, advantages, disadvantages, benefits, risks, pros, cons
  • On the detail record (the page that comes up when you click on the article title):
    • Note that the article is not an editorial or book review


Other Places to Search

Finding Reliable Websites

  • Who is posting this information? Are the author's name and credentials available? If not, look for an "About Us" link at the top or bottom of the page.
  • When was the information posted or last updated?
  • Are references listed?
  • How comprehensive is the information? Is it objective, or biased?

MLA Style


  • Librarians are available to help you in the Reference area of the Library during the hours the library is open.
  • SUNY Broome Library  Phone, email or chat reference is available.
  • Writing Center


K. Pitcher 11/22/2013; rev. 9/3/2020