University of Rhode Island libraries introduce new catalog

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Getting ready for the new school year, the University of Rhode Island’s libraries’ have refreshed far more than just what’s in the stacks. It’s now easier than ever to search the libraries’ collections thanks to a new catalog that provides enhanced research capabilities.

The Library has switched from its former HELIN consortium catalog to a new catalog called Libraries Search. Running on a system called Primo, Libraries Search is used by leading libraries worldwide. Primo helps users to discover, access and evaluate information available within networked computers. The interface offers customization options to support the needs for all levels of university research.

This Libraries Search system provides access to all of the Libraries’ electronic resources and collections, and allows users to personalize results based on their status (student, faculty, staff) and preferences, narrow searches by subject/topic, title, language, format, date and will save search results for later use. The system will also generate citations and export them to RefWorks and other citation managers and allow users to subscribe to RSS feed updates of added items that match their saved searches.

“This is a significant upgrade to increase the research capabilities for individuals at a leading academic research institution,” said Chair of Public Services Deborah Mongeau. “It is an improvement that helps to foster with the University’s Transformational Goal related to the prominence and impact of the research and scholarship underway here.”

Primo is used by many of the world’s top academic and research libraries, such as the British Library, Getty Research Institute, Oxford University, Texas A&M and University of Illinois. In New England, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University are among the network members.

The new Libraries Search Catalog for the University of Rhode island Libraries can be accessed from the “URI Libraries Search” section of the library website, An introduction to the new tool is available at