Summon Search Tips

1. How do I search for a phrase?
If your search consists of more than one word, make sure to put the whole phrase in quotation marks (for example, “John Lennon” or “post-traumatic stress disorder”). Otherwise Summon will automatically add an “and” between each word.

2. How do I refine my search instead of starting over?
To refine your search instead of searching something new, change the radio button underneath the search bar to “keep search refinements.”

3. Can I see a preview of my source without opening it?
Click on the magnifying glass to the right of the result to show a complete preview of that source including subject words and an abstract, if available.

4. What are some other ways I can revise my search results?
By default, results are sorted by relevancy, but you can also sort results by date. Using the options in the left sidebar, you can refine your search by content type, date range (especially useful if you are given a date limit for resources in a class), library location (Reference, Juvenile, etc.), language, or topic.

5. Can I save my sources I find?
Summon allows you to save sources into a temporary folder. From this folder, you can export, print, or email the sources you are interested in. REMINDER: the save feature is only temporary. When you close out your session, you will lose what you have saved unless you have exported, printed, or emailed your list of selected citations.

6. When do I use the Summon Advanced Search Function?
Utilizing the Advanced Search function is recommended when you know specific information, such as the title, author, or ISBN number. It’s perfect if you have a citation and wonder if the item is available through Benner Library. It also allows you to limit your search by content type or date.

7. How do I use
This feature modifies your search to include the entire Summon index. Basically, this allows patrons to access content through interlibrary loan.