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About Summon

Summon is a search engine for most of the Syracuse University Libraries’ collections and other resources beyond the SU Libraries. Includes articles, books, journals, maps, sound recordings, archival materials, government documents, and more. Use for searching for articles. Users can narrow or expand results using multiple search refinements.

Who can use Summon?

All users are able to access and search the Summon interface however, only Syracuse University-affiliated patrons will have access to licensed resources. These resources require authentication using your SU NetID and password.

What is in Summon?

Summon searches most of the journal, magazine, and newspaper resources available through library databases, as well as the Classic Catalog, the Syracuse University Digital Collections, and the SURFACE repository. Other types of materials such as dissertations and theses, and library research guides are also included. Summon also searches the full-text content of the SU Libraries' e-book collections and Google Books.

What is not in Summon?

While it does contain information from most of the Libraries' databases, there is some information that is not included in Summon. Specialized or comprehensive research should be done in the Libraries' subject-specific databases and using the Libraries' Classic Catalog. For information about which databases are best for your subject area, consult a Subject Guide, or contact a Subject Librarian.

Summon Features

Streamlined Interface

Responsive, accessible design to accommodate a variety of screen-types and assistive technologies

Streamlined interface

Automated Query Expansion and Related Search Suggestions

Improves search precision by including spelling variations and additional keywords. Related search suggestions appear dynamically under the search box and as the user scrolls through the search results.

Automated Query Expansion

Best Bets

Highlights specific library resources such as research guides, specialized collections, library web pages, course reserves, announcements, current events, important contacts, library hours, help tools and more.

Best Bets

Search Facets

Refine your search by Content Type, Publication Date, Discipline, and more.

Revised Search Facets

Content Spotlighting

Dynamic display features highlight relevant content sets like newspaper articles, reference materials and digital images with a unique visual style that differentiates it from scholarly journal and book content.

Content Spotlighting

Topic Explorer

Highlights matching reference content from sources such as Credo Reference, Oxford Reference, and other online reference sources.

Topic Explorer

Infinite Scroll

No need to page forward through results.

Librarians, Scholars, Research Guides

The Suggested Librarians feature highlights librarians and Subject Guides relevant to your topic. Recommended Scholars (coming soon) will be drawn from the ProQuest Scholars Universe database.

Suggested Librarian

Ask-Us Chat Widget

Our Ask-Us chat widget is now embedded in Summon.

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