What is Summon?

Summon is a search engine that provides credible, relevance ranked results from the library’s online and print collections in a single search.

It searches through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, and numerous academic databases. It contains everything found in the traditional QCAT Library Catalogue, plus much online full-text content available from the Library.

Consider doing a Summon search when you might otherwise search Google Scholar, the QCAT Library Catalogue, or a research database like JSTOR. Summon is not intended to entirely replace these other search tools, but we hope that it will be a much-valued addition to your research toolkit.

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