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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 Research Guide, or contact a Subject Librarian.

A Short Video on Searching with Summon.