This provides a Google-like search experience, allowing you to use one, simple search box to discover credible and reliable library content, whether it be in print, online, or both.
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Summon allows for phrase searching with the use of quotes. The query "local food" will find results with that phrase.
The single search box in Summon (basic search box or keyword search box in advanced search) will search across many fields automatically. For example, entering an ISBN or ISSN will bring back associated records.
You can explicitly search a field using the syntax: "field:(query)." For example, the search ISSN:(1234-5678), finds records that contain that value in the ISSN field.
Summon offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS. By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator.
This can be combined with quoted terms, such as "local food" OR "sustainable eating".
To exclude items in Summon, use the NOT operator or "-" character before a term. When used in the following query "animal NOT dog" the results will not include the term "dog".
Use the tilde (~) character at the end of a multiple words. When used on the term local~10 food results include instances where the terms are 10 words apart or less.
Searches within Summon can be performed using the wildcards ? and *.
The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find "Olsen" or "Olson" by searching for "Ols?n".
The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for "Ch*ter" would match "Charter", "Character", and "Chapter". When used at the end of a word, such as "Temp*", it will match all suffixes "Temptation", "Temple" and "Temporary".
Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
Use the tilde (~) character at the end of a word to match similar terms. When used on the term "Lead~" it will match "Wead", "Veade", and "Tead".
Results can be refined by using the facets on the left side of the page.
You can refine by content type, subject terms, publication date, location, and more. For example, checking off “eBook” and/or “Journal Article” under Content Type will limit the results to the items that are in that format.
At the top left, there are other ways to narrow your results. A couple of the most helpful options are:
By default the results are listed by relevance ranking. Summon determines which results are most relevant (like Google) and places those items first.
In the top right corner of the results, there is a drop down menu which contains other options for sorting. Results can also be sorted by date – oldest items first or newest items first.
Results can be collected into a temporary folder for later perusal. When the cursor hovers over an item, an icon of a folder appears to the right of the item’s title. Clicking on the folder icon will save the item in a folder of saved results. You must email, print, or export your saved items if you wish to use them again after ending your Summon session.
The Summon screen contains a horizontal bar which is locked to the bottom of the Web browser. On the right end of the bar, there is an icon of a folder which says “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.
Summon supports the following browsers and phones: