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Summon Help and FAQ

Find your sources with Summon

Summon is a simple and fast library 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. 

If you are having trouble accessing an online resource in Summon, please copy the link and send to for assistance as shown in the screen shot below:

box to report a problem accessing a specific resource in Summon

Brief video tutorial

Summon Interface

Summon look and features

  • 3 columns: additional information does not cover the existing information.

search results from summon search for 'presidential election'

The topic explorer pane (on the right)

  • This pane may display an overview of the topic from Credo Reference.
  • It also displays related topics.

Topic explorer pane: defintion and related topics

The facets pane (on the left):

  • You can now apply multiple facets at one time.

Facets pane

  • To include/exclude the options listed under "Content type"  and "Discipline" click on "More."
Content type options with the "More..." link Content type results with options to include or exclude

The results pane (center)

  • The option to sort by relevance/date is displayed next to search results counts. The option to add results beyond your library collection is also above the results list.

Results count with the option to sort by relevance or date

  • Additional suggested search terms are provided through use of controlled vocabularies from a variety of sources, including some index and abstract services

Suggested searches

Cite, Email, or Preview information (displays on click)

  • The preview information displays additional details about the item.
  • The cite icon (the quotes), the email icon, and the "add to folder" icon are in the top right.

arrow showing email and citation links in results page

  • Content spotlighting: for some topics Summon will visually distinguish newspaper articles and display image content.

News results display

Image results display


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