Primo Central Index

An upgraded search experience

Offering researchers a vast collection of authoritative content, the Primo Central Index is exceptional in its focus on material specifically for the scholarly community.

The Primo Central index is a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These include journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories. Ex Libris works with the world’s leading providers of global and regional information to benefit its customer community. The Primo Central index fully exploits the richness of the underlying data to facilitate fast and easy search.

Provided by Ex Libris as a cloud service, the Primo Central index seamlessly integrates into a library’s information environment. Libraries benefit from the global and comprehensive nature of the mega-aggregation of the Primo Central index, yet can define the scope of materials relevant to their users and determine the way results are presented.

A Comprehensive Discovery and Delivery Solution

The Primo Central Index is offered as an integral part of the Primo Discovery and Delivery solution, which allows library users to enjoy the full benefit of a one-stop service for their research needs. Through a single search box, users can now search across the full breadth of content from the library’s collection, exploring the library’s locally-managed collections, along with the global and regional resources from the Primo Central index. Primo presents the results in a single, relevant-ranked list from which users can access items of interest.

Close collaboration with publishers -- the key to maintaining data quality

The Ex Libris publisher-relations team works closely with publishers and aggregators to maintain an efficient flow of the data used for not only the Primo Central Index, but also for other Ex Libris databases, such as the SFX® KnowledgeBase, and the MetaLib® KnowledgeBase.

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All libraries can benefit from the Primo Central index

There are many ways to access the extensive Primo Central Index. Libraries that have chosen the Primo Discovery and Delivery solution or those that use local library services (via API) can easily and seamlessly integrate the Primo Central Index, to vastly expand their users’ search horizons.

Industry Views

“Today, it’s the scope of content addressed that differentiates discovery interfaces. It’s now within reach to produce discovery interfaces that address the full breadth of a library’s collection through a single consolidated index, spanning print, articles within e-journals, and each of the individual objects within the digital collections and institutional repositories.”

Marshall Breeding, Top Technology Trends blog, July 2009

“Network-level discovery tools include disciplinary resources and powerful search tools which dramatically improve research efficiency while also increasing effectiveness. As a result, faculty discovery practices across all disciplines have continued their marked shift to the network level.”

Roger C. Schonfeld and Ross Housewright, Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies (Ithaka S+R Report)

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