To search for a books or eBooks in Primo Search when you have the details in front of you, just enter the title into the search box. If it's a common phrase, you might have to add an author surname.
Usually, Primo Search will put books near the top of the results list, but you can always refine to Resource Type > Books.
For example, this is how you would find this book: Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Thorogood, C., & Pincombe, J., (2014). Midwifery: Preparation for practice (3rd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier.
If you know the journal article you want, you should be able to find it by its article title. Type that (or a large proportion of it) into the search box.
Let's say we are searching for:
Wright, C., & Geraghty, S. (2017). Are male partners of pregnant women treated negatively in maternity care? British Journal Of Midwifery, 25(10), 631-637.
If you search for ... "are male partners of pregnant women" ... there is just one result:
Click on the Available Online link and follow the prompts to find the article in full-text.
If you can't find the article using this method, it may be because the journal that article is published in has not given details of individual articles within its contents. it's worth looking for it by searching for the title of the actual journal.
Search for the journal title and, if necessary, refine the results to Resource Type > Journals.
Note that, in this case, you will be taken to the database screen for the journal. What you can see and do varies, but you will usually be able to search within the journal, or browse the volumes and issues to hone into the contents of the issue you require.
If you can't track down an article you are seeking, check with Adele or contact the Library.
As well as using Primo Search to find known items, you can also use it for topic searching.
Let's say we are seeking material on expectant fathers in Australia. Our search in Primo Search could be:
"expectant fathers" australia* (Note that the double quotation marks tell Primo Search to look for this phrase, and the asterisk tells Primo to search for all endings of the word Australia (Australian, Australia's, Australia etc).
Primo Search searches across nearly all the Library's resources so you usually get lots of results, and of all kinds.
If you are looking for journal articles, you will probably be better off using a subject-specific journal database to find more relevant results.
Some hints on using Primo Search:
If you find you are getting way too many results and they don't seem very relevant, click on Advanced Search. Try changing Any field to a Title search, using multiple lines of search and applying limiters you'll see on the right, before you press Search.