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Quotation marks cause Summon to only search for items that contain the combined term, which will improve the results returned.
Adult Learning 457,965
"Adult Learning" 21,156
In the case of "Adult Learning," your results would be ~95% more relevant with quotes added as opposed to without them.
Using the term limiter "title:" in addition to quotation marks will cause Summon to only search for items that contain the combined term in their title. This will reduce the number of results returned and increase the relevance.
Adult Learning 457,965
With Term & Quotes:
title:"Adult Learning" 1,349
In the case of "Adult Learning," your results would be ~99% more relevant with quotes and terms added as opposed to without them.
The search in Summon (basic search or keyword search in advanced) will search across many fields automatically. Searchable fields include: Title, Author, Volume, Subject Terms, or ISBN.
Summon offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.
Searches within Summon can be performed using the wildcards ? and *.
Use the controls on the left side of the page to refine and filter the search results by:
At the top left of the page, there are more ways to narrow your results. Most helpful:
In the top right corner of the results, there is a drop down menu with sorting options. You can sort by relevance, or date. By default, search results are sorted by relevance.
Summon has a temporary folder which you can use to save a list of books or media until you close the browser. To add an item, click the folder icon at the right of the item’s title. You must email, print, or export your saved items if you wish to use them again after ending your Summon session.
You can find the temporary folder shown in the the bottom bar. At the right side, the folder is called "Saved Items". Once you have saved items from the results list, you can view a list of them by clicking on that folder icon. That is where you will have the option to format them in a specific citations style (APA, MLA, etc.) and email, print, or export them to a citation manager.
Try it for yourself from the Summon search box on the Library home page.