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Using Summon for scholarly research



Aug. 30, 2011 – Summon makes performing scholarly research easier. Because Summon search results are a mix of content from many providers, including records from Addison, the library catalog, major journal publishers, and several scholarly databases, one search can reveal many kinds of resources, whereas prior to our acquiring Summon, many separate searches in the catalog and databases would have been required.

We still recommend using subject specific databases for a comprehensive search on a topic, such as for a senior capstone project or a thesis or dissertation. These databases offer advanced searching options not available in Summon, plus several provide full-text content not in Summon.

When you turn on the Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review option, you will limit your search results to articles from peer-reviewed journals. (Note that books from academic and university publishers are often considered "scholarly," but this option eliminates all books from your results.) This option uses data from UlrichsWeb - Ulrich's Periodical Directory, which identifies scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, and is our preferred source of this information when you need to manually verify a journal or article citation as being scholarly.