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Summon™is web-scale discovery servic ethat enables a familiar web-searching experience of the full breadth of content found in library collections—from books and videos to e-resources such as articles.
No need to broadcast searches to other databases —it provides one search box for a researcher to enter any terms they want and quickly get credible results in one relevancy ranked-list.

Key Features

Web-Scale Discovery: Full-Breadth of Library Content

A single search
Provides a Google-like search experience, allowing researchers to use one search box to discover credible and reliable library content.

Relevant results
Delivers search results in a relevancy-ranked list so the most relevant results appear at the top of the list.

Complete and instant access
Incorporates the comprehensive knowledge of library's holdings so that researchers can access their results including full-text of electronic articles.

Hosted for easy support
The Summon™ service is provided as a hosted service to minimise impact on library staff.

Mobile Accessibility
searching of a library’s collection through the Summon™ web-scale discovery service from a mobile

The Summon™ web-scale discovery service provides an open API that allows integration with existing applications, such as learning management systems.

Results refinement
navigate and narrow search result sets using multiple methods, such as filtering, faceting and sorting.

Clear, immediate results
Valuable information is displayed within the results list, allowing for quick appraisal. This data includes abstracts, item location, online full text availability, and more.

Full-text filter
The Summon™ service provides time-efficient research for the busy student by allowing results set to be limited to items immediately available in full text online.

Citation formatting
Quickly cut and paste citations in your preferred style.

Bibliographic information export
export citations to bibliographic management software applications such as EndNote, RefWorks and ProCite.

Scholarship filter
Giving you the ability to limit results to “scholarly” publications including peer-reviewed material.

“Did you mean?” suggestions
The Summon™ service provides alternative guidance for misspellings or low yield queries.


Please see the 'Discovery - Who uses what systems' section for an updated list.

  • Discovery at Dartmouth.By David Rapp. The Digital Shift (Library Journal). 27th February 2012
    'The Ivy League university was a beta partner for the Summon discovery service in 2008. In the group’s report “Next-Generation Systems at Dartmouth College,” released in September 2008, the No. 1 need was listed right at the top, on the very first page:'We currently have a super abundance of resources accessed through a complex, disjointed discovery layer…. We need to strive for much simpler ways to find much more relevant information.' One search box to rule them all—federated discovery of all available resources (print, media, electronic resources) from a single point of entry is an overarching need. Next generation services must radically enhance resource integration and move us on from the isolated data silos of the present'.
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