Enter any information you have into the appropriate fields. You
can use any combination of the three fields.
Title and author will give the most specific results (author's
surname without initials works
best). You do not have to enter the whole title; normally just a
few of the important words of the title will do.
If you want to do a general subject search, just use the
If you are looking for a specific phrase (i.e. words in a
specific order), use quotation marks around them, e.g. "clinical
The advanced search interface gives you many more options to
narrow down your search, for example using ISBN or ISSN
Summon searches a huge database of resources, so the list of
results can often be long. Use the facets down the left hand side
to quickly refine the results.
Here you can limit the results to items with full text, items
from scholarly publications, or physical stock we have in our
Please be aware that selecting Add results beyond your
library's collection will list resources that we may not
have access to.
All the different content types (e.g. books, journals, journal
articles etc) are listed here, along with the number of results for
each. Just tick the relevant ones to filter the results.
This section allows you to filter by subject terms or tags
associated with the results.
Move the sliders to select only the results that were published
in a given date range. You can also set the date manually using the
date boxes below.
If you want to know what stock a particular Learning Centre has,
just select the sites you are interested in. Selecting any of these
locations will exclude all electronic resources from the
Use this to narrow down your search to materials in a particular
Searches within Summon™ can be performed using the wildcards “?”
The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be
used to find “Olsen” or “Olson” by searching for “Ols?n”.
The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a
word or at the end of a word. A search for “Ch*ter” would match
“Charter”, “Character”, and “Chapter”. When used at the end of a
word, such as “Temp*”, it will match all suffixes “Temptation”,
“Temple” and “Temporary”.
Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
you have found the item you were searching for, you can preview it
by hovering over the main title, or by clicking the magnifying
Books and journals should display the availability of the item,
and clicking on the title will take you to the catalogue page where
you can find more information, and reserve the item if possible
For electronic resources, you may be prompted to log in the
first time. You should use your IT username and password. If
for some reason the article fails to load, try clicking
on Get additional resources related to this
at the top of the page. This will list all the subscriptions
we have to the article.
the folder icon will save the item to your list (Saved items at the
bottom right). From here you can email your list to yourself or
print it for future reference. You can also export the list to your
reference manager (e.g. RefWorks) but please be aware that
the Harvard format differs slightly from the University's
The list of saved items is only temporary, and will be lost
at the end of your session (e.g. when you close your browser).
Summon will search through the following resources:
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