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What is Summon?
Summon is a "discovery layer" that allows you to
- search the content owned and accessible to the Franklin University Library,
- using a Google-like interface.
When to Use Summon
you are first starting your research
to get ideas or background info you have had difficulty finding sources in other databases you need
an alternative to Google - easy searching but with more credible results
Don't Use Summon When:
- you want specific books or media, instead try the online catalog or OhioLINK catalog
- you want business research, specifically country, company and industry reports, instead try Businsess Source Complete or Country Watch
- you want legal research, specifically legal journal titles, case reports and legislation, instead try Lexis Nexis
- you want the advanced features of searching a specific database
"Through one simple search to a single unified index, the Summon service provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that's the hallmark of great libraries. No need to broadcast searches to other databases —it provides one search box for a researcher to enter any terms they want and quickly get credible results in one relevancy ranked-list."
- similar to Google
- Provides a single search box
- Prompts for spelling errors
- better than Google
- Sort, rank, and refine your results
- Results that come from reliable library source
- Built-in citation feature to help you cite your sources in the correct style
- Allows you to save and share your results
Resources not included in Summon
Currently 82% of the Library's electronic journals are available in the Franklin Summon service. The coverage percentage is determined by the how many ejournals are indexed in the library's databases and vendor inaccuracies.
Also there are a few databases that are not able to be added or are not supported in Summon. See the list below:
Biological Abstracts/BIOSIS Preview
Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertation and Theses)
Roget’s II: The New Thesarus
Security Management Practices