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  • 1. Summon: finding information for your project http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
  • 2. What is Summon? • Google-like search interface • Searches all our Library resources in one go • Search across all subject areas • Materials covered include books, DVDs, journals, journal databases, conference proceedings and reports • Results are displayed with the most relevant first • Access full-text if available http://www.flickr.com/photos/milagraceari/4618671983/
  • 3. In order to access Summon log into MyUnihub You can register for password reset in case you forget your login details
  • 4. myUniHub > My Study > My Library Select ‘Summon’ from the list of resources Accessing Summon this way, means that you should be able to access full-text material where available
  • 5. Enter your search terms (keywords) into the search box and click ‘Search’ If you are using Summon outside the University, then click on this link to set the Middlesex University Cookie on to your home/work computer. This will make it easier to access anything available full-text online.
  • 6. Your search results are displayed in a list Number of results This is a print book. Click on ‘Check availability’ to see if the book is available in the Library Your search will find print and electronic books, journals, DVDs, conference proceedings, and reports etc.
  • 7. Other things you might see on Summon This is an electronic book, which can be read online or downloaded for a limited period. This is a full-text journal article. Click here to read online or download This is a full-text conference proceeding. Click here to read online or download
  • 8. To get more information about an item… ….more information and an abstract will be displayed here ….hover the cursor over the title or click….
  • 9. You can refine your search in several ways eg. Limit to items which are full-text online ie. you can read the article or paper on your computer Scroll down the screen for more refining options eg. refining by subject, date and language etc Limit to scholarly journals ie good quality academic journals Limit search within a discipline eg. engineering. Click on ‘More’ for further options
  • 10. Other refining options are available further down the screen Refine your search by subject, date, or language To refine by date, select and drag the button, then click ‘Update’
  • 11. Refining by Subject allows you to select additional subject terms ie. search terms/keywords Click on ‘More’ to get a full list of subject terms, then select subjects to refine your search
  • 12. Some items are available full-text online Select ‘Full-text online’…. .…you can then open the PDF or HTML file to view the full-text article/paper Look out for this icon
  • 13. If you are using Summon from outside the University, you may sometimes experience problems accessing full-text items A troubleshooting online guide is available : MyUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Library Subject Guides > Accessing Electronic Resources
  • 14. It is possible to save your references Hover the cursor over the item you want to save and click on the ‘file’ symbol when it becomes bold ....the temporary file is at the top of the page. The number indicates how many references you have saved. Click on this file to see your saved references. A tick appears on the ‘file’ icon and the item reference has been saved to a temporary file....
  • 15. Once ‘Saved items’ is open you can …. ….convert the reference into the appropriate referencing style eg. Harvard, and email the reference to yourself ….convert the reference into the appropriate referencing style eg. Harvard, and email the reference to yourself You can save as many references as you want to the ‘Saved items’ file
  • 16. You can also carry out an advanced search in Summon Click on ‘Advanced search’ and then enter your search terms or other information that you have
  • 17. Google • Familiar and easy to use • Finds too much information • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access to some books and journals • Designed to sell you things • Search results sponsored • Searches for info from any source • Pay for academic information Summon • Easy to use • Finds lots of academic info • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access to lots of books and journals • Designed to find you information • Search results by relevance • Searches quality resources • Free access to full text Why use Summon rather than Google?
  • 18. Need further help? Contact your Librarian: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/liaisonlibrarians Make an appointment: http://bit.ly/MakeAnAppointmentLibrarians