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CrossWorks: The Institutional Repository for the College of the Holy Cross

This guide provides information about Holy Cross' institutional repository. Learn why and how to submit your work to CrossWorks.


Content in CrossWorks is downloaded by users around the world.


What is CrossWorks?

CrossWorks is the institutional repository of the College of the Holy Cross. It is used to

  • Collect, preserve and provide open access to the intellectual and creative work of the Holy Cross Community 
  • Provide access to the unique materials of the College Archives and Special Collections
  • Increase visibility of scholarship and creative works
  • Showcase departments, programs and student research

CrossWorks is an online space.  Here's the link:

CrossWorks is an open access publishing service of the Holy Cross Libraries.  That means you don't have to pay to view or download items.

What are the benefits of contributing your work to CrossWorks?

  • Increased visibility for your scholarship and creative works via Google and other internet search engines
  • Preservation and access to content through a permanent URL
  • Provide a link to your work in applications for graduate school or jobs
  • Monthly download reports to monitor usage and citations to your work
  • Meet grant criteria. Publishing in CrossWorks meets the data-sharing requirement of some grant-funded research.
  • Learn more about intellectual property, copyright, and author rights
  • Promotion of open access principles
    • Scholarly communication depends on access to research
    • Sharing your work encourages others to share
    • Providing direct access to articles and other content for users around the globe improves opportunities for knowledge exchange

Items in CrossWorks are much more visible than those only available through a journal or library subscription. CrossWorks is designed to work with search engines like Google, which increases the discoverability of publications. The more accessible a publication is, the more readership and citations it ultimately receives. 

For student or other previously unpublished works, CrossWorks provides a convenient publishing outlet. Each work is assigned a unique URL, which can be listed on CVs, resumes, applications, personal Web sites, etc.