There is a quick search box that can be found on the homepage of the library website. This searches the entire PAHL collection (OCOM, NUNM, OHSU & UWS) by default, so you may retrieve a large number of search results. If you want to see only items owned by OCOM or journal articles, you will need to change your scope (shown in the next step).
Once inside Primo, sign in using your OCOM credentials.
The default search scope is set to limit your search results to show materials from all of the PAHL schools (OCOM, NUNM, UWS & OHSU), but you can quickly change the scope to fit your search needs. The first option from the dropdown menu is to search only OCOM material. The second tiered option ("OCOM + PAHL") shows materials not only from OCOM, but from the PAHL libraries (OHSU, NUNM and UWS) as well. The third tier shows material from the options above, as well as a large number of journal articles and electronic publications.
With the OCOM-only search, you will receive the fewest number of hits, and these will mostly be print books or video. All of these items are available at the OCOM Library. Note in the image below that for the keyword search, "acupuncture and pain," there are 146 results.
Selecting OCOM + PAHL will show more results, as you are searching four libraries instead of just OCOM. Note that the same search phrase brought up 240 hits, almost 100 more items than if you just searched OCOM's collection.
There are color codes to visually display the availability status of an item. Green means it is available now, grey means it is checked out or otherwise not available right now, and yellow means that it is not currently available at OCOM but that you can request it from one of the PAHL Libraries.
*For more information about placing a hold on an item, please see return to the top of this guide and select the "Placing a Hold" tab.
Placing a Hold
If you would like to place a hold on item from either OCOM or one of our PAHL libraries, please do the following:
Click on 'Find and Request'
If you are not already signed into your Primo account you will be prompted to do so at this point.
Depending on who has the item, click on either 'Request from OCOM' or 'Request from PAHL (NUNM, OHSU, UWS)'and fill out the request form.
When filling out the hold request form, be sure to fill out all required fields. Additionally, please set the 'Not Needed After' date for at least 2 days from today's date. Note: this does not affect the speed at which you receive your item. This is simply a system requirement.
After Submitting your request your screen should contain a 'Request Placed' message.
Renewing Your Items
In order to renew your checked-out items you will first need to Sign In to your Primo account.
Once signed-in, select 'My Account' at the top-right of your screen to see your activity.
From here you may either select 'Renew All' or after checking the items you wish to renew, click on 'Renew Selected'.
If your renewal is successful, the following should occur:
1. A highlighted message will appear indicating that the renewal request was successfully submitted
2. The due dates on your renewed items will have changed
If these two things have occured, your items have been successfully renewed. However, if you are unable to renew your items or if you have any questions, please contact us at 503-253-3443 ext.132.
To search journals, you need to change the scope to include "OCOM + PAHL + Selected Articles." By default, the article search includes only items that OCOM patrons have access to, either in OCOM's collection or subscriptions, from one of the PAHL libraries, or items that are freely available on the web. A green dot indicates full-text availability, and finding the full-text to these resources just requires clicking on the "View Online" tab and selecting a resource.
Expanding Your Results
By default, your results will be limited to just items you have access to. By selecting the "Expand My Results" box, you can broaden your search to include items that you might not necessarily have immediate full-text access to. Notice in the images below how selecting the "Expand My Results" box doubled the number of results.
Refining Your Results
Primo is a bit different than the traditional catalog in that it can retrieve not only books, dvds and other traditional library materials, but also journal articles and electronic publications such as theses and presentations. Take a look at the filters list below, and notice that when you click on "More options" in the "Resource Type," you get a list of types of resources. These resources include images, technical reports, conference proceedings and more.