Starting your research in Summon is great because allmost all materials from throughout the library are being searched from the single search box.
A search on cat dog fish will retrieve items that contain all three words in the citation and/or in the full text of the item.
Searching is as easy as Search - Refine - Get...
Refining your search to get the best material for your research can also be done by adding more keywords to your search.
Just like searching the open web, you can indicate a phrase by putting quotation marks around the words. The query "teacher education" will find results with that phrase.
Moving over to the Advanced Search page lets you be more specific with your search. For example, you can tell Summon to look for the author "Sally Smith", so you can focus your search on materials by "Sally Smith" rather than about "Sally Smith".
Click on the Advanced link to the right of the keyword search box to go to Advanced Search.
Some things are so special that they need to be searched with commands.
A search for Orcid - (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) - must be applied like this:
Another is the proximity search which must also be written as a command:
"yeast bread" ~ 10
finds material where "yeast" and "bread" appear within 10 words of each other
Are you ready to start using the Summon service to do research at your library? This video will explain the basics of searching for content, refining the results using facets and filters, accessing content, and saving citations. Your library’s Summon interface will look somewhat different than this, but the tools and features are common to the Summon service at most libraries.
The Summon service contains billions of citations, and when you do a search in the basic Summon search box, you may get more results than you can easily work with. That’s why the Advanced Search tool is so powerful: You can customize the search to discover certain keywords in specific metadata fields (like author, or subject), filter out content types you don’t need, and much more.
Not able to reach a librarian at the moment and having trouble defining your research topic?
Keep your eye on the right side of your search results, when you do a search you may be presented with helpful information for defining your research topic:
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In Summon, you will find almost all the printed and electronic materials available to the library. The library's own materials amount to more than 380 million records in Summon, and if you check the box: "Add results beyond your library's collection", you search among almost 1 billion items.
What does Summon not contain?