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Summon User Guide

Summon is a one stop search that allows you to access thousands of different library resources through a single search box.

  • Search across multiple library databases to find books, journals, newspapers, videos, and more.
  • Limit results by date, content type (book, journal, etc.), subject, etc.
  • Limit results to strictly peer-reviewed/scholarly material, and exclude newspapers.
  • Limit results to items available in Full-Text Online or in the Library Catalogue.
  • Use boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), and phrase searching (" ")
  • Generate APA, MLA, or Chicago style references
  • Options to export to Refworks or email the result to yourself
  • Responsive design for mobile devices

Summon supports the following browsers and phones:

*JavaScript is required

  • Firefox 18+
  • Safari 6+
  • Chrome 28+
  • Internet Explorer 9+ **
  • Microsoft Edge
  • iPhone 2.0+
  • BlackBerry 8500+
  • Android 1.0+

** Please note that IE is not always compatible with Summon, this is a known issue and related to JavaScript

See Supported Browsers

Tips for IE

  • Change browsers
  • Ensure JavaScript is enabled
  • InPrivate browsing
  • Compatibility Mode
  • Search from the advanced search screen rather than from the library website

Contact Us

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing one of our online databases or other resources, please contact:

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