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How To...Use CrossSearch: Overview

A guide to use and best practices for the Holy Cross Libraries' discovery tool



Large portions of this guide have been gratefully copied and adapted from "Library OneSearch (EBSCO Discovery Service)," created for the use of Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. 

About CrossSearch

CrossSearch (also known as EBSCO Discovery Service) is a one-stop search tool that enables users to simultaneously search most of the informational resources available through the library, including:

  • books, ebooks, archival materials, media and music scores owned by the Holy Cross Libraries.
  • research databases like Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, ARTstor and ProQuest Central.
  • e-journal collections like JSTOR and ScienceDirect.
  • the Holy Cross digital repository CrossWorks.
  • Open Access collections such as HaithiTrust Digital Library

CrossSearch is best accessed through the library home page (

More traditional search tools are still available through the "Classic Catalog" (for books & media) link in the main search box. 

Using CrossSearch

By default, CrossSearch retrieves items in the Holy Cross Libraries' collections that match your search terms.  To expand your results, uncheck "Catalog & Full Text Only" on the results screen.  If you discover an item we do not have access to,  you may need to place an interlibrary loan request.  

More Resources

Not everything owned by the Holy Cross Libraries is included in CrossSearch.  You may wish to search individual research databases using our Research Databases list.  

Databases Not Included In CrossSearch

The following databases are NOT included in CrossSearch, and should be accessed from the link below or a research guide.

Databases Partially Included in CrossSearch

The following databases are partially included in CrossSearch.  To search the full content of these databases, access them from the link below or a research guide.