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We've upgraded our search to make it easier for you to discover and request library resources. Primo provides simple, one-stop searching for books, journals, articles, digital media, course reserves, and more.

Conducting a Book Search

Law Library Catalog

Searching for physical books in LEAGLE is very similar to searching for anything else.  At the "home" page, you can choose to search only within the Library Catalog, which limits the search to items the Pence Law Library physically has in its library.


In the example, I searched "Torts Prosser" with the scope as "Books" and "American University Washington College of Law Library."

Law Library Catalog + Articles Search

You can also focus more broadly by using the "Law Library Catalog + Articles" search.

In the following, "Torts Prosser" is searched with the broadest possible scope. To narrow the results to physical books, click on "Resource Type" (marked with a blue box) and select "Books."


Course Reserves

LEAGLE offers the ability to search by Course Reserves. If you are in a hurry and don't know the name of your book for your class, LEAGLE can make it that much easier for you!

In the following, "Torts" is selected. There are various tools to narrow by Course Instructor, Course Name, and even by Course Code. 

Phrase Searching

To do a phrase search, place quotation marks around your search terms.  The query "Torts Prosser" will retrieve results only with that phrase.  By using quotes around the phrases you search, the results will be fewer and more relevant.


Boolean Operators:

The following are recognized operators: OR, NOT, and AND.  The operators must be typed in ALL CAPS.

By default, all search terms will be combined with the AND operator.  To exclude terms ue the NOT operator.

Example: Torts NOT Prosser will retrieve results that do not include the term "Prosser."