6.1 What is CrossSearch?

CrossSearch is an ideal starting point for your research. You can find books plus many online resources in one easy search.   It has different search features that allow you to refine your searching more quickly and to apply limits – for instance to find full-text articles only.
It is designed for:

  • a wide sweep and quick retrieval of relevant items across a large number of print and online resources
  • quick connection to many full-text and other online resources
  • easy filtering of search results

CrossSearch enables you to use keywords to search across a range of material types and sources simultaneously, including:

  • print and electronic books
  • articles
  • journals
  • multimedia
  • theses
  • newspapers
  • e-repositories
  • subject guides
  • and much more

CrossSearch can search material in The University of Sydney's local resources and subscribed on-line databases that is 'invisible' to Google and GoogleScholar and therefore would not show up in Google's search results.   Unlike Google, CrossSearch is designed to specifically search across information resources selected by academic staff to support The University of Sydney's teaching and research.

Whilst a great starting point, CrossSearch does not contain many of the Library's print journals, subject specific databases, primary sources and older books, but  some of the current participating databases and publishers that are included in Crossearch are ScienceDirect, Sage journals, Wiley-Blackwell journals, JSTOR, ProQuest Central, Nature, Informit, Literature Online.

To learn how to identify other sources and to use more advanced search techniques, make sure to complete modules seven and eight: Advanced Search: Books and Advanced Search: Journal Articles.