January 4th, 2011

A New Search Experience

We are continually looking for ways to improve the search experience. This year we are introducing Summon, the single search box with a lot of power.

Summon is a search engine, similar to Google, that provides access to reliable and credible resources in the library collection. You can quickly search journal articles, ebooks, newspapers and dissertations without having to hop from one database to another.

Begin by typing your keywords into the single search box. If you get too many results, use the facets on the left side of the page to refine your search.

Limit your results to full text, scholarly articles by checking the corresponding boxes. The result list defaults to a relevancy sort, so the most relevant records appear at the top of the list. APA formatted citations can easily be emailed, printed or cut and pasted into another document. Records can be added to a saved items folder and exported directly into RefWorks.

Features Search Tips
Single search Enter phrases in quotation marks
Covers most of the library collection By default, all terms are combined with the AND operator.
Ability to limit to scholarly publications Boolean operators (AND, OR & NOT) must be in ALL CAPS
Results ranked by relevancy Use the asterisk (*) to search for alternate word endings
Narrow results by content type, subject, etc Use the question mark (?) to match any one character within a word
Export citations to RefWorks Use the tilde (~) character plus a number at the end of multiple words to search the words near one another

Summon searches most of the library collection, but it is not exhaustive. View the lists of publishers contributing to Summon as wll as the individual journal titles being indexed. Some content including case law and company information from LexisNexis will require individual database searching. For more focused, systematic or complex searching, try our discipline-specific databases listed on the Databases A-Z page.

Summon can be searched on the iPhone 2.0+, BlackBerry 8500+, or Android 1.0+. Access Summon on the library web site, or directly via your smart phone.

If you have questions about Summon, submit them through our Ask a Librarian service or the Feedback form linked in the upper right corner of the Summon screen.

Visit the Summon library guide for a more information.


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