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What is Summon?

Summon simplifies the process of finding information in the Libraries. It searches through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, conference proceedings, and numerous academic databases. Rather than search for all of these things in separate databases, Summon lets you find them all at once, quickly and easily. Even better, it's tied directly to what is available through the NCSU Libraries, online or in print.

Finding articles with Summon

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What does Summon search?

Summon may index some or all of the databases and journals you already use. Some databases and journals have full-text indexing, others are indexed just by citation information (e.g., title, author, abstract, etc.). Here are some of the major publishers and databases at least partially indexed in Summon:

  • Alexander Street Press
  • American Economic Association (EconLit)
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Medical Association
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Bioline International
  • Cairn
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)
  • Cambridge University Press
  • CAUSEWeb
  • Community of Science
  • CrossRef
  • EDP Sciences
  • Emerald
  • Érudit
  • Facts On File
  • Future Science Group
  • Gale
  • GPO
  • Hindawi Publishing
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Instute of Physics
  • Johns Hopkins University Press (Project Muse)
  • Kluwer Law International
  • Landes Bioscience
  • Lavoisier
  • LexisNexis
  • Library of Congress (American Memory)
  • Maney
  • Museum Tuscalanum Press
  • National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
  • National Agricultural Library
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • NCSU Libraries' Catalog
  • Optical Society of America
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Oxford University Press
  • ProQuest
  • SAGE Publications
  • SkillSoft Books 24x7
  • SpringerLink
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Thieme
  • Walter de Gruyter
  • Web of Science

This is a representation of the information you can (and cannot) find with Summon. The relative sizes of each piece are not to scale.

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Who should use Summon?

Summon can be used by anyone: undergraduate students new to the Libraries, graduate students, and professional researchers. Its breadth of coverage and ease of use make it an ideal first place to look for articles, books, and other research.

Many will find that Summon points them to all the information they need for a class paper or long-term research project. Other researchers will want to dig deeper or use search tools not available in Summon: specialized databases remain available for all subject areas.

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Summon combines many previously disparate databases of articles, books, and more. It is new and different, so please let us know how it works for your research.