Changes to library searching

The library will be upgrading some of its systems over the summer. We’re getting a new computer system for the librarians, and there will be an upgrade to the library catalogue, Primo. As part of this, existing links to Primo will stop working.

 If you have items saved in your Primo e-shelf, and you’d like to keep using them after the summer, you will need to export your e-shelf contents via email. We’ve made some instructions on how to do this which you can download.


 If you have any questions, please come in and see us, or contact the library


Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa! Welcome back!

We are currently having new carpet installed around the Library Service Desk area and environs as I blog so it should be even easier to spot us when you come in the main door. Things are still pretty quiet as we gear up for the new semester but if you want to check out our resources early we are now open for business.


Use the Library website to help you find information and search databases

or dive straight in and

  • Search Primo  to find resources on your topic.
  • Browse our Subject Guides for databases and more on your topic.
  • See our How do I’s  to find out how to use our Self check machine and much much more.

If you prefer the personal touch we are only too pleased to assist you at the Library Service Desk.

Our opening hours for January are Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

You can also email us at or phone us at 940 8089.

Come in and see us today!

How do I find an article in my recommended reading list

faq 1. Start at Primo Library Search which is at

2. Circle the name of the journal title on your recommended reading list.  – This is the title you search for in Primo Library Search.


2. Type the journal title into the Primo Search box and select GO or press Enter on your keyboard.


3. a. Select View It

b. Select Open source in a new window


4.  Now you can :

a. see which issues of this journal are held in which database e.g. Available from 2003 in CINAHL with full text 

[Note: You can also see this article is available from 1998 in ProQuest Central. Therefore for the 2006 issue you could select GO for either ProQuest or CINAHL databases]

b. Select Go to view  the issues held by year.


5. If you are at home you will be prompted to sign in.  If so, sign in in the top right corner. [If you are on a CPIT computer go to number 7.]

sign in

6. Use your CPIT username and password to login.

log in

7. From your recommended reading list

a. make a note of the year of publication of the journal e.g. 2006

b. the volume and issue numbers. e.g. 38 (4)


8. Note: After you click GO (step 4.b) the issues by year should appear. They are often on the far right and you may have to maximise the new window to view the years. The maximise icon is in the top right of the new window .


9. In Primo click on the year to expand e.g. 2006  


10. Click on the correct issue e.g. Vol. 38 Issue 4


11. a. Scroll through the articles to locate your recommended item. e.g. Nurses’ narratives …

 b. Select PDF full text to open your article.


12. Now you can choose to save this article to your computer or print it off.

13. Here are printable instructions to help you find articles in a recommended reading list – PDF

If you need further assistance with finding an article in your recommended reading list please :

Still have another question? Try our How do I …?  guide.

How do I find books, CDs or DVDs using Primo Library Search?


1. Go to the library homepage at  or just Google cpit lrc and choose the first link.

2. Enter your search terms and select GO or

press Enter on your keyboard to activate your search. e.g.

primo search

3. You can also refine your search by selecting in the left column :

a.       Available in the Library

to view books, cds, dvds (Physical library items)

(Note: to view e-books click   full text online – More about e-books here)

b.      Topic e.g. Resumes (Employment)

c.       Resource type e.g. Audio visual finds CDs or DVDs.


4. Once you have chosen a title you can :

a.      select Details to view more about the book, DVD, etc.

b.      find the item on the library shelf using the Shelf location if you can see Available at.

In the example below:

  • HF5382.7SCH is the shelf location
  • Available at means it is on the shelf.
  • Not sure where to find this shelf location? Ask a librarian.


N.B. If your item says Not available you can sign in with your CPIT username and password in the top right corner and select the Request tab to place a request or read How do I request a book.

More search tips:

5. You can search on :

    • Title  e.g. What color is your parachute?
    • Author e.g. Richard Bolles
  • Combination of author and title e.g. Bolles parachute
  • Keywords of your choice e.g. job hunting

6.  You can use smart search operators to either broaden or refine your search.

  • * Truncation e.g.  manag* searches for manage, managing, management, etc.
  • “phrase search” e.g. type quotation marks around a phrase reality tv
  • OR e.g. color OR colour ; car OR automobile. OR must be in capital letters. e.g.

cv OR

Here is a printable PDF about finding books cds dvds -in Primo if you prefer this format.

Need more help using Primo Library Search then:

Still have another question? Try our How do I …?  guide.

Happy 2013

Happy New Year and welcome back! Hope everyone has had a relaxing break – read a good book; watched a movie; downloaded some cool new apps; and discovered some new neat places in Christchurch.

There will be some changes in the Library at the start of the term. We are installing a new self issue machine which will allow you to take out a pile of books at once, rather than one at a time. It operates in the same way as the Christchurch City Libraries, using RFID technology.

Taking books out will be quicker and easier, leaving library staff with more time to help you find the information you need, introduce you to the subject guides, help you with referencing, and answer any questions you may have.

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Good luck with your new year resolutions, ours is to help you succeed…one assignment at a time.

Reserving a Book

In Primo Library Search find your title, for example:- Principles of anatomy & physiology.  Check the locations tab for  availability.


If the title you want is on loan you can place a request by clicking on Request and logging in using your username and password.      


Select “any copy”

Select “City Campus” as your pickup location, or Sullivan Avenue if you are studying at that campus, or Off Campus only if you are a distance learner.

We recommend you do not change the “not needed after date.” By default, it is set to remain active for one month. After this time, your request will automatically be cancelled.

How can I save the items I have found using Primo Library Search? Tips for using e-Shelf



e-Shelf is a good place to store items found using Primo Library Search because it is   easy to refer back to your resources if you need the details to complete your APA referencing.


1. This tutorial begins at or Google CPIT Library and choose the first link.

2. Enter your search terms e.g. news broadcasting

3. Select GO or press Enter on your keyboard to activate your search.


4.  Sign in in the top right corner.

sign in

5. Use your normal username and password to login.login

6. Click inside the star beside the title of the item you want to save to your e-Shelf.

In this example I have selected the first three titles which turned each star  orange.


7. Now view your e-shelf by selecting e-shelf in the top right of your screen.



Now you can:

 a. Click on the new folder icon

b. Name and save this folder

c. Tick next to your preferred titles  and drag and drop these into your new folder.

d. Add a note if needed for each title by clicking the note icon.

e. Email your ticked items to yourself

f. Print out your ticked items


9. Why is e-shelf useful to me?

  • It keeps a record of all the resources you have used for your assignments
  • Each item in your e-shelf contains all the necessary details for your APA references.
  • This information is printable and able to be emailed.
  • You can access this on campus at CPIT or from home 24/7 with your username and password.

10. Remember to Sign out in the top right corner when you have finished.

11. For a printable copy of this tutorial click  on Using e-shelf  – PDF

 For further assistance with using Primo Library Search – e-shelf

  • ring (03 9408089)
  •  email:
  • visit the Learning Resource Centre Service Desk

Still have another question? Try our How do I …?  guide.

How do I view, or print from an EBL ebook?

1. Start at the library homepage at

2. Enter your search terms and select Go  or press Enter on  your keyboard.

primo search

3.  To view only e-books select  Full Text Online


4. To view the eBook click on its  title.

E.g. Project management


6. If you are off campus, use your normal

CPIT username  and password to login.


7.  Select Read online (available)

read online

8. Now you can:

a.  Select a chapter from the Contents e.g. Different types of projects

b. do a keyword search for a particular topic in this book


9. Select the chapter you wish to view.

 10. To print from your e-book select Print


11. Select Yes (Create a loan)

create loan

12. Now you can:

a. Print current page

b. Print selected pages

c. Print a chapter

d. Notice how many pages you can print under copyright conditions. E.g. 115 pages.

print pages

13. To return to your original results list click on the back arrow in the top left corner.

14. Now you can:

  • or view more results  in  your current search.
  • begin a new search in Primo

15. Download printable instructions here: Find and print from an ebook

For further assistance with using e-books

  • ring (03 9408089)
  • email:

Still have another question? Try our How do I …?  guide.

How can I search for journal articles only using Primo Library Search?

1. Begin at the library home page at

2. Select Primo Library Search from the right hand column.

3. Sign in in the top right hand corner.

4. Select the Journal articles tab. (This tab searches many databases at once).

5. Enter your search terms in the search box and select Search or press Enter on your keyboard.

Tips :

Use OR to combine similar terms

Use * to truncate your term  (find * above the number 8 on your keyboard). e.g. child* finds child and children.

Use speech marks  “…” to find a phrase e.g.somewhere over the rainbow

5.  Look for an article that has Full text available. Select View online below the title of the article you wish to view. You can also click in the star next to the title to save this title to your e-Shelf.

6. Then select open source in new window.

7. Make a note of which databases have the most articles for your search terms to search individual databases later. Databases appear under Collection. e.g. Science Direct has 30 articles; Proquest Central has 30 articles in this example.

8. Once you have opened your article you can print or save  it.

9. If you need an article that shows as No full text, you can print out the Primo Library Search entry  and give it to a librarian and ask to have it interloaned for you.  Interloans from other libraries usually take about a week to obtain.

10. To return to the rest of the results for your search terms select the first tab.

11. Remember to Sign out when you have finished searching Primo Library Search for articles.

12. You might like to also try some of the databases in the Subject Guides which your Primo Library Search has identified at step 7.

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