Selecting Multiple Databases to Search

If enabled by your library, you can use the cross-search feature of Gale PowerSearch to search multiple Gale databases simultaneously with a single query.

Note: The list of Gale databases that can be included in a cross-search continues to grow. However, your library may subscribe to some databases which cannot be cross-searched. These collections are listed as "Additional Databases" on the Gale Database Menu.

Here's how to launch a cross-search of multiple Gale databases:

  1. From the Gale Database Menu, select one or more databases to include in your search by clicking to place a check mark in the Select box in front of a database name. Or click Select All to include all the cross-searchable collections shown in your search (selected databases will be highlighted).

  2. Click the Submit button to launch Gale PowerSearch and begin performing cross-searches.

Note: Once you begin cross-searching databases, you will be re-directed to Gale PowerSearch. You will be able to conduct searches, create a Marked Items list, save InfoMarks, plus use the many other features Gale products offer. Refer to the Help within Gale PowerSearch for more information.

You must select at least one database in searchin order to launch Gale PowerSearch. When viewing search results, the database from which each document was found will appear.

Your library may have chosen one or more databases to be selected by default for inclusion in a cross-search. Also, the system will "remember" the last set of databases you searched during your current session. Simply click on a Select box to remove the check mark if you do not wish for a particular database to be used in your next cross-search.

Hint: Clicking the Select All box to remove its check mark will de-select all databases (remove all check marks).

Once you are cross-searching using Gale PowerSearch, you may return to the Gale Database Menu by clicking Change Databases. From the Database Menu you may either select different databases to cross-search, or decide to search directly within a single collection.