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CrossSearch Frequently Asked Questions

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  • To find words starting with the same stem, use the * symbol, e.g. film* finds film, films, filmic, film-maker
  • To find variations in spelling, use ?, e.g. mao?i finds maori, maohi, maoli, Maoui
  • For Boolean searching, type the operators in capitals - AND, OR, and NOT. When two or more words or phrases are next to each other without any Boolean operators, it assumes an AND is between them.
    "teacher education" OR "teacher training" finds results where either of those phrases occur.
    Use NOT, or the minus sign (-), with no intervening space, before a word or phrase in quotation marks to exclude items from your results: extinction ("prehistoric animal" OR dinosaur) -australasia -australia -oceania
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   Link to Scholarly versus non-scholarly resources

Does CrossSearch cover all the Library resources?

Not at present – however more content is constantly added by our search provider. 

While CrossSearch is great place to begin searching for information, for more comprehensive research you will need to use subject-specific databases or subject guides to get the best results.

The items at the top of the results are all too old. How can I get new material?

Use the publication date slider on the left hand menu, or click Relevance at the top of the results to change to Date (newest)

Why is there no recent coverage of a current news story?

CrossSearch is not yet a comprehensive current affairs database. For full news coverage, use the Proquest Newsstand databases , , or try our other News Services

I searched for a journal title that I know we have, and it wasn't found.

To find a link to a journal, as opposed to articles in a journal, click the arrow beside Search to go to Advanced Search, and type the journal name in the Publication title box. Next, select Journal / eJournal from Show ontent type

There are lots of eJournal and newspaper articles in the results, but I just want some books.

To highlight books and other material from the Library's catalogue found by your search: click Items in the library catalogue in the left-hand pane.

I used Refine your search > Scholarly articles, in the left-hand pane, and now there are no books or journals from the Library catalogue!

This limit displays only the online journal articles found by your search, and excludes other scholarly materials such as books, which are in the Library catalogue. We are working with the service developers on this issue.

How can I find items about Australia?

Type Australia in the search box as well as your other search words if you need material about Australia.

How do I save records in the search results, and email or print them?

Click the small folder icon to the right of the title to add the item to a temporary folder.
 The Saved items folder displays at the top of your screen. From here you can print or email your selected records.

How to I export records to EndNote?

How do I know what kind of Content I should be choosing? How can I find out more about the significance of Scholarly & peer-reviewed articles versus Newspaper articles?

CrossSearch uses the Ulrichsweb's classifications of journals. Scholarly describes the primary audience for the publication. Peer-reviewed "refers to the system of critical evaluation of manuscripts/articles by professional colleagues or peers. The content of refereed publications is sanctioned, vetted, or otherwise approved by a peer-review or editorial board."
Most peer-reviewed/refereed publications are also Academic/Scholarly serials, but it is possible for a publication to have one designation but not the other.

Watch Scholarly versus non-scholarly resources, and for more information, check out the eSearch to Research online tutorial for new students. There are modules covering four different disciplines (Arts, Education and Social Work, Law, and School of Business). The information in each is very similar but the examples are discipline-specific. Choose the most appropriate discipline for you.
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- Enter your search words then Refine your results using the left-hand pane.

- Put quotation marks around words that should appear next to each other, eg   "Seeing from above the aerial view in visual culture"

- To find material about Australia, include Australia in your search words eg "electoral system" Australia

- User guide: Get started with CrossSearch

Find ebooks in CrossSearch

  1. Search CrossSearch (via the box on the Library homepage). At the results, under Refine your search click  Book / eBook to filter your search to books only. Then click Full text online to filter only eBooks.
  2. Continue refining your search until you are happy with the results
  3. Or, try it out in the box below!  (Click Clear Filters to do a new search in CrossSearch.)


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