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Summon Search

Search Summon for articles, books, media & more:

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

It contains everything found in the traditional QCAT Library Catalogue, plus millions of full-text articles available from the Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is Summon?
  2. How does Summon compare to the QCAT Library Catalogue?
  3. How does Summon compare to Google Scholar?
  4. What's in Summon? What's not in Summon?
  5. I can't find [an article, book, resource] in Summon. Where can I find it?
  6. I click a full-text article/ebook and get "This item is not available online." How do I get to the full-text?
  7. When I do a search in Summon, I get many results. How to I refine my search to find exactly what I'm looking for?
  8. Does Summon search everything in that's in a specific research database (e.g. JSTOR, Web of Science, MEDLINE, ERIC)?
  9. How do I tell if a journal is indexed by Summon?
  10. How does Summon's relevance ranking work?
  11. Will Summon change over time?
  12. Why did the Library implement Summon?
  13. Where are the search tools (Find Books, Find Articles) that used to be on the library homepage?
  14. How do I report problems with Summon?
  15. I'm having problems exporting citations from Summon to RefWorks.  What should I do?

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Last Updated: 20 June 2014