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Searching Summon 2016

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Searching Summon 2016

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Searching Summon 2016

  1. 1. Summon: finding information for your project http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/your-study/library-and-it-support
  2. 2. What is Summon? • Google-like search interface • Searches all our Library resources in one go including books, DVDs, journals, conference proceedings and reports • Search across all subject areas • Results are displayed with the most relevant first • Access full-text if available • Search wherever you have access to the Internet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/milagraceari/4618671983/ Summon is useful when you need to find information on a particular subject.
  3. 3. Access Summon myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Select ‘Summon’ from the list of resources Accessing Summon this way, means that you should be able to access full-text material when available.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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 for loan. Your search will find print and electronic books, journals, DVDs, conference proceedings, and reports etc.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. To get more information about an item… ….more information and an abstract will be displayed here ….Click on ‘Preview’….
  8. 8. You can refine your search in several ways e.g. Limit to items which are full-text online i.e. you can read the article or paper on your computer. Scroll down the screen for more refining options e.g. refining by subject, date and language etc. Limit to scholarly journals i.e. good quality academic journals. Limit search within a discipline e.g. engineering. More info later. Limit your search by different types of resources such as journal articles, newspapers or books.
  9. 9. 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 or select an option.
  10. 10. Refining by Subject allows you to include and exclude subject terms i.e. search terms/keywords Click on ‘More’ to get a full list of subject terms, then choose whether you want to ‘include’ or ‘exclude’ subject terms, select subjects from the list and finally click on ‘Apply’ to refine your search.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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 > User Guides > Accessing Electronic Resources.
  13. 13. It is possible to save your references Click on the ‘folder’ symbol to save an item. ....which 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. The ‘folder’ icon will become bold and the item reference has been saved to a temporary file....
  14. 14. Once the ‘Saved items’ folder 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 e.g. Harvard, and email the reference to yourself You can save as many references as you want to the ‘Saved items’ folder.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. 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 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 Why use Summon rather than Google?
  17. 17. Need further help? Contact your Librarian: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/liaisonlibrarians Make an appointment: http://bit.ly/MakeAnAppointmentLibrarians VH July 2016

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