What is Summon?
With Summon, you can quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible Library content - print and electronic books, single articles to entire e-journals, newspapers, theses and more. Once found it's only one step to the full text of articles and ebooks, or finding books on the shelf. You are able to limit your results to peer-reviewed materials, to filter by year and format, narrow by additional subject terms and save, print or email references.
Summon is a good starting point to find material for your research. Search Summon from the Library website, from the student portal or from your smartphone, iPad or personal computer.
What's covered in Summon?
Many thousands of citations and fulltext of scholarly materials, which the University of Adelaide Library owns or provides access to, are in Summon, including:
- 6,800+ publishers' content included*, such as journals and books
*note: not all publishers are participating in Summon
- 94,000+ journal and newspaper titles
- 500,000,000+ items indexed so far, from journal articles to e-books, audio music files to theses
- 1,000,000+ University of Adelaide Library catalogue records*
* for known items, we recommend using the Summon Advanced search option
A single search
Summon provides a Google-like search experience - use one searchbox to discover credible and reliable library content.
Compatible with major mobile devices, such as iPhone and Blackberry (app is automatically downloaded).
Delivers search results in a relevancy-ranked list so that the most relevant results appear at the top of the list.
Easily navigate and narrow search result sets using multiple methods, such as filtering, faceting and sorting.
Results sets can be limited to items immediately available in fulltext online.
Limit results to "scholarly" publications including peer-reviewed material.
Bibliographic information export
Easily export citations to bibliographic management software, such as EndNote.
"Did you mean?" suggestions
Provides guidance for misspellings or low yield queries.
Use the feedback link at the top of the Summon results page so we can improve the service.