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MID441 Research Skills Guide: Introduction to Primo Search

Primo Search

Primo Search is Charles Sturt Library's main search tool. It searches across most of what the Library provides, as well as many resources that are on open access. This includes:

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

Primo Search pros and cons

Primo Search is useful because:

  • You are searching across many resources at once, in the one search
  • You will get different types of materials in your results
  • You can use the refiners at the left of the results screen to narrow your results in many different ways.
  • You can often quickly find a journal article or book chapter if you already know the title

But remember that in Primo Search:

  • The search functions are limited compared to journal databases, so a broad search will yield less relevant results
  • You will often be presented with a very large number of results

Journal databases are recommended for finding scholarly journal articles if you are searching by topic.

What is Primo Search? - Video

Requesting Items and Digitisations [Copies] in Primo Search - Video