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Introducing Summon, a new kind of library search engine



May 16, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Libraries have introduced a new kind of library search engine, Summon, today. For many years, researchers have had to search Addison, the library catalog, for books and other reference sources, and then search multiple databases to find articles, conference papers, and reports on their topic. Summon now allows searching multiple formats from numerous content providers in one place.


What is Summon?

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Summon includes all the book, video, microform, and other records from Addison, plus journal articles from many publishers, government documents from federal, state, and local agencies, and citations from still more database providers. Similar to Google Scholar, this single database provides access to much of the content the library subscribed to.

Additionally, Summon includes records from the over 100 participating libraries from around the world. Checking a box on your search results screen can instantly include results from these libraries, plus content outside our subscriptions, most of which can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

Addison records in Summon link back to their Addison screens, while most other search results will link to a Get VText screen that will indicate if the item is available in print or online, or if you will need to request the item through Interlibrary Loan.

We have created a number of screencasts on Summon features to help you get started with this new library tool.