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Summon: A Great Place to Start Your Research: Search with Summon
Welcome to Summon, our online discovery tool.
On this page you can find information to support your academic research from a wide range of sources, both academic and non-academic.
Refine: use the filters on the left side of the search results to refine your search.
Click: click on an item to access.
Summon contains billions of citations. When you search with basic Summon search, you may get more results than you can easily work with. That’s why the Advanced Search tool is so powerful: it makes your search more specific.
Summon Basic Search
This video will help you to get started on Summon.
Saving Searches in Summon
This video will show you how to save your searches.
Any words you enter in the search bar will find sources that contain exactly these terms in the citation and/or full text.
Use the menu on the left-hand side of your screen to filter your search by subject, content type, etc.
Be careful of spelling, punctuation and conjunctive words when searching.
If you're not getting the results you want, think about your keywords. Try using a thesaurus to identify appropriate synonyms and change-up your search.
Think about how broad/narrow your search terms are. If you're researching a specialist topic, your search terms may not be included in the resource title. E.g. You probably won't find a book called Lactose digestion, but this could be a chapter in a book on Nutrition.
Summon Advanced Search
This video will help you to use the more advanced options in Summon.