While it is not possible to search all of the library’s hundreds of databases at once, it is possible to simultaneously search within multiple databases from the same provider. This video demonstrates how to cross-search databases from the EBSCOhost and ProQuest platforms.
While it is not possible to search all of the library’s hundreds of databases at once, it is possible to simultaneously search within multiple databases from the same provider. This is helpful when you are not finding enough information on your topic or your topic overlaps with several subject areas. In this video, we will demonstrate how to cross-search databases from the EBSCOhost and ProQuest platforms.
- When you are using any database provided by EBSCOhost, click on the Choose Databases link directly above the search boxes.
- When you click on the link, a list of other EBSCOhost databases will appear. Select the database you would like to cross-search by marking the checkbox from the list of databases.
- Mark the Select / deselect all checkbox if you would like to search all EBSCOhost databases and click OK to save your selection.
- To confirm that you are searching multiple databases, hover the mouse pointer over the Show all link directly above the search box. A list of the databases you are searching will appear.
- You can also cross-search multiple ProQuest databases. Click on the All databases link directly below the ProQuest logo.
- After the page automatically refreshes, notice that you are now searching 24 databases instead of just one.
While cross-searching databases can help you save time, be aware that advance search options may disappear with the more databases you select. For example, in the ProQuest database ERIC you lose the ability to limit by Education level and in PsycINFO you lose the ability to limit by Age group, population, and methodology. Therefore, you will want to be cautious as you decide when to use these cross-search features.
Remember, if you have any questions, please Ask a Librarian for assistance.