Summon is a database search that searches most of the library's resources, and it powers the general search on this site. These tips will help you search more effectively in Summon, or when using the "Search Anything" option on any library page.
The default search (basic search or keyword search in advanced) will search across many fields automatically.
Searchable fields include:
Quotation marks are helpful for the default search (search "All" option) because it will only return items that contain every word, in the same order, that are inside the quotation marks, in that order. This will increase the accuracy of your returned results.
Example: "Adult Learning"
Search Term Standard Results Results with Quotes
Adult Learning 457,965 21,156
Special Education 1,070,861 114,920
In the case of "Adult Learning," your results would be ~95% more relevant with quotes added.
Typing "title:" in the search box ahead of the title for the item, and adding 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.
Example: title: "Adult Learning"
Search Term Standard Results Results with "title:" and quotes
Adult Learning 457,965 1,349
Special Education 1,070,861 9,107
In the case of "Adult Learning," your results would be ~99% more relevant with "title:" and quotes added.
Search offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.
Searches using the search "all" option can be performed using the wildcards ? and *. Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
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 helpful options to narrow your results:
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.
You can save books and media items from your search results to the temporary folder in Summon. Items can be saved from multiple searches - the folder keeps your list until you close Summon.