Mar 10, 2014
The UA Libraries are introducing a better way to search. Summon is a new tool that gives you credible, relevant results and quick access to items from the library’s vast collections. From a single search box on the library’s homepage, Summon enables you to search the library catalog, databases, unique digital collections, open access materials, and so much more. Summon contains more nearly 1 billion items, including print and online books, articles, streaming video, images, theses and dissertations, book reviews, maps, sheet music, government documents, and archival materials. It’s a great tool for interdisciplinary research, topic exploration, and finding scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles.
Anyone can search Summon. If you’re on campus, simply enter your search terms in the Summon search box. No log-in is required. You can use Summon from off-campus computers too, but may see limited results until you log in using your UA NetID from the yellow banner at the top of the page. Off-campus users won’t be able to access licensed content (such as journal articles and ebooks) unless they log in with a UA NetID.
We’ll be testing Summon during spring 2014 and plan to make it the library’s main search tool this summer (replacing WorldCat Local). Summon makes it easier to search for journal articles and to get directly to full text online. While WorldCat Local results include items held by libraries worldwide, a Summon search focuses on items that the UA Libraries own or have access to.