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ENC 3250 Professional Writing

Primo at a Glance

Primo is the UCF Libraries' online catalog. It provides access to our extensive collection of print and electronic books as well as journals, media, digital collections, and other resources. The key access point to Primo located in the center of the library's homepage:


Note that when you run a basic search, the default settings will be to search "Everything" including materials located at UCF as well as the statewide shared catalog. If you'd prefer to see what's available at UCF, you can run a basic search to get into the system, then change the "Everything" setting to "UCF Library Catalog" and re-reun your search:


The results will display all available formats including books, journals, images, media, and many others that may not be relevant to your needs. You can select only the formats you wish to view, such as books, in the documents limiter in the sidebar:


Click on any of the title to get the full catalog record for that title, often including an abstract and a table of contents.

Many of the books in our collection have been moved into the Automatic Retrieval Center (ARC) located behind the library. Only a small portion of our collection remains in the stacks on the 4th floor. If you see the an "ARC" in the call number of a book you want, you will have to request that title from the ARC. Here's an example:


Once you sign in and select your pickup location (15-20 minutes during normal hours of operation) you'll receive an email notification when your book is ready to pick up. If you selected the John C. Hitt library as your location, your book will be held at the circulation desk for one week. For more information about how this works, and for a video tutorial, see the ARC section below.

Virtual Browse: Another feature new to Primo is virtual browse. This allows you to see books related to the one you’re viewing that, in a physical collection, would be on the shelf near the one you're viewing. For example, the catalog record for the Prentice Hall reference guide for professional writing includes the following related titles in the Virtual Browse section at the bottom of the record:


For a more detailed overview of Primo, see this handy reference guide or watch the videos in the following section.

Advanced Searching in Primo

Finding Articles Using Primo

Navigating a Primo Record

Virtual Browsing in Primo