Jinfo Subscription Report Product review of Primo Ex Libris
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Primo Ex Libris is a discovery system based on a single unified index for fast and accurate search results. Plans are afoot for it to become a library gateway too.

This review:

  • Introduces the product, now part of the ProQuest group

  • Identifies key advantages of the product

  • Highlights recent developments including its new interface and sophisticated analytics to track user behaviour

  • Explains the benefits of the product's user groups

  • Looks at the sources of the 1 billion items it indexes

  • Explores the language-specific resources and the languages covered

  • Describes the technology involved in searching both an institution's resources and more than a billion scholarly materials via Primo Central

  • Covers user interface, search and user interactions

  • Puts to the test advanced exploration features and customisation options

  • Looks at the administration features available in Primo Analytics

  • Identifies the online tutorials and help options

  • Puts Primo in the context of main competitors EBSCO Discovery Service, OCLC's WorldCat Discovery and the ProQuest Summon Service

  • Covers the maturity of the product and upcoming developments such as giving libraries more scope to customise their discovery service according to their needs and their brand.

Reviewed by Sophie Alexander

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