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- What is Summon?
Summon is a simple and fast search engine that helps you discover relevant information from the University of Cincinnati Library collections on any topic. It is the place to start your research in journal and newspaper articles, books, government documents, maps, music recordings, videos and more. From your search results, it's one step to the full text of articles or finding if a book is on the shelf. Summon is still growing --features continue to improve, and content is being added regularly.
Summon contains a variety of quality information and access to content provided by the University of Cincinnati Library. To date, Summon content comes from 6,800+ publishers and 94,000+ journal and periodical titles, and 3+ million library catalog records. There are over 230 million items indexed in UCL’s Summon index —and we are constantly adding new content.
- Why use Summon?
Summon combines the simplicity and speed of a Google search with the quality and reliability of library databases. Whether you need to find an empirical research article, a psychological case study, or even literature criticism, Summon takes the guesswork out of choosing library resources and quickly delivers content from many disciplines. Use Summon to search for works by your favorite author, begin a literature search or quickly find an article (enter any combination of the words in the article title, author, and journal title).
- Who can use Summon?
- While anyone can use Summon, complete content and full text of the documents is available only to the UC students, faculty, and staff. Please remember to login for off-campus access.
- What browsers and phones are supported?
Internet Explorer 6.0+
- How can I use Summon on my mobile phone?
Simply direct your phone’s browser to the library’s mobile site and click on Summon. From there, you can key a term in the Summon search box and instantly retrieve relevant results.
- How can I search Summon effectively?
- By default multiple search terms are combined with the AND operator.
- Phrase searching
- Use quotation marks (" ") to indicate that you want to search for words as a phrase, i.e. together and this exact order, for example, “stock market.”
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) (must be typed in ALL CAPS).
- AND is the default operator. It is used to combine terms.
To expand your search results use the OR operator. For example, if you type cats OR felines, the search will return items that contain either term. To exclude terms use the NOT operator, for example, animals NOT cats.
You can combine different operators, for example, animals NOT (cats OR dogs). When you do so, please remember to use parentheses to specify which terms should be processed first.
You can combine operators and phrase searching, for example, “teacher education” OR “educator training” .
The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find, for example, “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”.
Note: Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
- Proximity to other words
Use the tilde (~) character at the end of multiple terms between quotation marks, followed by a number, to find instances where those terms occur within that number of words of one another (regardless of order).
For example: "yeast bread"~10 retrieves instances where the terms are 10 words apart or less; "red white blue"~5 retrieves instances where all three terms are within 5 words of each other.
You can specify that the terms should appear in certain field (author, title, etc.). This can be easily done on the advanced search screen by using the appropriate box. In the simple search screen type fieldname:term, for example, author:zipfel.
- Author search tip: if you want to include the author's initials,
after the last name type - (hyphen with no space) followed
by the initials with no space, for example:
Title Language SubjectTerms Notes Author ISBN Publisher ISSN PublicationTitle DOI Volume DEWEY Issue
- Advanced search
The advanced search screen allows you to specify the date range, field selection and other preference more easily. The above tip for searching for an author with known initials applies.
- NEW! Does Summon support searching in foreign languages?
Summon now offers support for native German searching. This new development takes into consideration specific rules in the German language into the Summon relevancy ranking algorithms. Here are some highlights:
• ä, ö and ü can be searched for as ae, oe, and ue
• ß can be searched for as ss
• Stemming allows searching for either the singular form or the plural form of most nouns
• Compound terms can be searched for in their decompounded form, for example:
a search for 'Behandlungsanlage' or 'Abwasseranlage' will find a document containing the term Abwasserbehandlungsanlage.
• Relevancy improvements enable documents with the exact form of the search terms to be ranked higher than the alternate/derived forms.
• Intelligent stop word handling of German stop words, for example:
"und der Dichter" will return relevant results even though "und" and "der" are stop words in the German language.
Support for Spanish searching is currently in the works.
- What if I find 0 results?
- For failed searches Summon provides spelling suggestions and tips for modifying your search. Please refer also to these Tips for Online Searching
- What if I did not find what I was looking for?
- How can I refine my search?
The Advanced Search screen offers a number of ways to limit your search. You can do this by specifying that your terms should appear in a certain part of the record (title, author, etc.), by specifying a date range or format (book, government document, image, newspaper article, etc). You can limit your results to scholarly materials or items available online in full text. You can also exclude certain formats (for example, dissertations) from results.
You can also refine your search after you submit it and display results (see How do I work with search results?)
- Do the search refinements apply to future searches?
Please note that the radio button under the search box is "new search." This means that the search refinements will be discarded, whether you run the same search or change the statement in the box. To keep the search refinements you need to click the appropriate radio button.
- How do I work with search results?
- How long do the saved items stay in the folder?
Any saved items will be available for the duration of your search session. If you would like to save your items beyond the session, you can copy/paste, email, print, or export your list to bibliographic management software (RefWorks or EndNote) at any time.
- I cannot get to the full text
- If the "Full text" icon does not take you to the full text, you may need to look for a print copy. For articles click the "Article" icon (one that does not have the yellow badge) and you will be directed to a page where you can search for a print copy and place an Interlibrary Loan request IF the item is not available at UC (please make sure you check the catalog first)!
- What citation styles does the citation formatter support?
Items saved in your folder can be formatted in the following styles:
APA (American Psychological Association)
AMA (American Medical Association)
MLA (Modern Languages Association)
You can copy the formatted citations and paste them into your document, e-mail or save them.
At the bottom of the saved items screen you will see the following note: "Always check your references for accuracy. Click here for more information." Follow the link to display a page with important notes regarding the supported citation formats and links to the current style.
- What about the OneSearch tool?
Summon is replacing the OneSearch tool. OneSearch will be discontinued after the 2010/2011 academic year.
- OK - I am ready to search Summon!
The page was created in January 2011. Last update June 9, 2011.