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Searching Summon: Home


Summon@DU is a discovery tool that searches University Libraries' digital and print journals, online newspapers, dissertations, and Library Catalog.  The breadth of material searched by Summon makes it a great place to start your research.

This LibGuide is designed to assist you in searching Summon, refining searches, and accessing results.

Accessing & Searching Summon

Summon is accessed right on the University Libraries homepage. Simply enter your search terms in the Summon box. This box defaults to searching both journals and books.

For more accurate searches, use the following guidelines when entering your search terms.

  • Phrases can be entered in quotation marks, " ", so the words are searched together.  However, this will only work if the entire phrase is in the same search field. For example, subtitles are indexed in a separate field from the title. The book The New International Studies Classroom: Active Teaching, Active Learning can only be found with a phrase search without the subtitle as "The New International Studies Classroom."
  • A specific field can be searched by using the following format in your search, "field:(query)".  For example, author:(shakespeare) will only return results with "Shakespeare" in the author field.  Searchable fields are: 
    • Title
    • SubjectTerms
    • Author
    • Publisher
    • PublicationTitle
    • Volume
    • Issue
    • Language
    • Notes
    • ISBN
    • ISSN
    • DOI
    • DEWEY
  • Boolean operators OR, NOT, and AND are recognized when they are typed in ALL CAPS.  Summon searches are defaulted to included AND between search terms to include all search terms in the results.  Using the Boolean operator OR tells Summon to search either term such as "dogs OR canines".  Using NOT will exclude a term from the search.  The search "dogs NOT poodles" will exclude poodles from your results.
  • Wildcard searches using a "?" or "*" are recognized by Summon.  A "?" can be used to match any one character and are good when searching names such as Olson or Olsen.  Ols?n will include results for both spellings.  An "*" can be used to match multiple characters.  Especially useful for multiple endings such as temp* to search temple, temporary, temptation, etc.

Opening Full-Text Articles

Summon makes finding and opening full-text articles very simple. To access any result - journal, newspaper, website, dissertation, ebook, etc. - simply click on the title or the icon to the left of the summary.  

The last line in the results summary will tell you if the article is available in full text or as an online citation. When you click on the title of a full text article, either the article will open or you will be directed to an abstract page where you will find a full text PDF link.

Results with "Citations Online" indicates that University Libraries does not have full text access. However, most items that are citation only can be requested through InterLibrary Loan. To do this find and click the Article Linker button, , on the abstract or article summary page. You will be directed to a University Libraries page with the citation of your article at the top and a link to request the article through InterLibrary Loan under the header "Request It".

Clicking this link will redirect you to the Interlibrary Loan system and will autofill a request form for the article. Just click submit and a PDF of the article will be sent to your email.

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