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BMS105/132 Research Skills Guide: Primo Search

Primo Search

Primo Search is CSU Library's discovery tool. Primo Search is the best place to start your research. It is a way to find most of what is in the library collection using an easy search tool. Primo Search allows you to use one search box to search the CSU Library collection, which includes:

  • Most of the Library's online journal articles and newspaper content;
  • Books, DVDs, journals and other physical items found in the library;
  • Many of the Library's eBooks; and
  • CSU research papers and theses in CRO (CSU Research Output)

Use your usual CSU username and password to log in to Primo Search. You can search without logging in but you need to log in to request items and see your saved searches.

Students studying online (& who live in Australia) are able to request items to be posted to their home address. This is a free service. Items will be posted to you using the Australia Post eParcel system with parcel tracking.

To organise for an item to be sent to you, find the item in Primo then select 'Home Address' as your Pickup Location. You will be sent a return address label to use with the packaging when returning the items.


In Primo Search window, try typing in the some keywords that relate to our previous example. Try the words: socioeconomic; Australia; diet; lifestyle

Notice the number of results you get? The good thing about Primo Search is that these are all available to you through the Library's subscriptions and holdings.

  • Try using the facets on the left to refine your search. Limit the publication date to the most recent material. Limit to books or articles to see what is available in each format.
  • You may notice that there is a mix of topics, including Aging Factors; Australia; Body Mass Index; Diet; Life style; Socioeconomic Factors, etc. Use the Topic facet on the left to make your results relevant.

What is Primo Search?


We have a detailed guide and lots of short videos to help you search, find and request items in Primo:

  • Primo Search help - a guide how to use Primo Search, the Library's online catalogue.
  • Using Primo Search - short videos on renewing, requesting & finding eReserve readings in Primo Search

Requesting items and digitisations

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