The NJIT library collection is searchable online using the Primo Discovery Search Tool where you can:

  • Find books, e-books, journal and newspaper articles, theses, dissertations, and videos
  • Manage your research by creating and saving search lists
  • Manage your library account and renew materials
  • Order books from other NJ libraries in our UFindNJ┬ánetwork

How to Use It

This NJIT Research Guide on Using Primo will show you how to Sign In, How to Search EVERYTHING, and how to borrow from UFindNJ, a network of New Jersey academic libraries that provide direct borrowing an lending services of physical items to a participating institution’s students, faculty, and staff.

To access the Primo Search tool, use the main search box on the NJIT Libraries’ main page at From there, you can do a general search of most of the collection, or go directly to any databases or journals the library has access to by using the specific tabs for Databases or Journal above the main search box.

Search Types

Primo allows searching by author, title, journal title, subject, and keyword as well as specialty numbers such as the Library of Congress call number and ISBN (International Standard Book Number). There is also an option, for Advanced Search. For more information on how to search for an article, see How to Find the Full Text of an Article, or information on how to search for a book, see Find a Book at the NJIT Library, or how to find and use e-books in the collection, see EBooks @ NJIT.

Additional tips:

  • Keyword searches are the broadest search, as they search all information in an item record. (The search tips in Precision Searching, are based on using keywords.)
  • Subjects are a very specific set of terms that are helpful for precision searches. Often, the easiest way to find subject terms is to do a keyword search first and then look at the subject terms for those that are good matches for your topic. There is more about subject heading searching in Specialized Databases later in this section.
  • The Advanced Search screen allows a few additional search capabilities, such as multiple search fields to narrow the scope of a search term. You can also limit by year range, language, location, or format.


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