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SUMMON SEARCH GUIDE

SUMMON SEARCH GUIDE

SEARCHING SUMMON

 

Phrase Searching: Use quotation marks. Example: “Chief Executive Officer”.

Boolean operators: OR, NOT and AND  in "ALL CAPS".   Example: "Chief Executive Officer" OR CEO

Nesting
Nesting is using parenthesis to OR concepts, then AND them with another concept. Example:
(CEO OR "Chief Executive Officer") AND (salaries OR wages)

Searching Specific Fields: You can search a field using:  field:(search words).   Example: Author:(Michael porter)

Searchable fields:  Title; SubjectTerms; Author; Publisher; PublicationTitle; Volume; Issue; Language; Notes; ISBN; DEWEY

Wildcards: “?” and “*

  • A question mark matches one character: Organi?ation will find either organization or organisation
  • An asterisk (*) will match characters within a word or at the end of a word: for example  will find  results which match any suffixes (sustainable, sustaintability).

Proximity

Proximity to Other Words:  The tilde (~) character at the end of multiple words: "recycling tires"~10 results include instances where the terms are 10 words apart or less.

You can also do proximity for multiple words: "economic development oil prices"~20. this will get all the sources where these words appear within 20 words of each other.

Date Range Search: Add  { } characters with years to indicate a range:  {2009 TO 2011}

 

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