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HCS406 Research Skills Guide: Use Primo Search

What is Primo Search?

Primo Search allows you to use one search box to bring back results from most of the Charles Sturt University Library collection, such as:

  • Books, eBooks, DVDs and journals
  • Most online journal articles and newspaper articles
  • Charles Sturt University research papers and theses

Enter your search terms, and then use the links on the results screen to refine your results, view online material, or locate physical resources.

ACTIVITY: Using Primo Search

Use the Primo Search box to search with the keywords you identified in your topic analysis.

For example:

  • "three generations" AND "human rights"
  • "social work practice" AND "human rights"

Look at the search results. 

  • Notice the number of results you get? All of these are all available to you through the Library's subscriptions and holdings.
  • Try limiting the publication date to the most recent material.
  • Limit to books or articles to see what is available in each format.
  • If you find there is a mix of topics use the Topic limiter to make your results more relevant.

Tip: Primo Search is a great place to search for eBooks. If you want to learn more about using eBooks, take a look at the Library's Introduction to eBooks guide. 

Further Resources

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