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Journal Research for Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Cross-searching is the ability to search more than one index at the same time. Some companies like ProQuest, EBSCO and OVID support cross-searching.

      Strengths: You can select a tailored subset of databases for your research.

      Good for inter-disciplinary topics.

      Saves time.

      Limitations: Thesauri and other advanced features are database specific, and won't function effectively in cross-searching.

How to select databases for cross-searching in selected databases:

ProQuest: Select Searching "x databases" at the top of the search screen.

EBSCO: Select "Choose Databases" on the third row from the top of the search screen.

OVID: Select Resource Selected: "Change"