Video tutorial: How to Search for Academic Resources Using Summon

What is Summon?
Summon is a Google-like search engine that provides easy access to what's available at LRC.

What kinds of resources do I find using Summon?
Books, e-books, e-journal articles, database articles, newspaper articles, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings...all kinds of resources LRC owns. However, Chinese journal articles are not included in Summon currently. Please go to CNKI (中国知网) for Chinese journal articles.

You can also find resources outside LRC using Summon by ticking off the checkbox "Add results beyond your library's collection" as displayed on the search result page or the advanced search page.

How does Summon compare to Catalogue (OPAC)?
Summon provides a wide range of resources including books, journals articles, etc. while the Catalogue focuses on print books.

How does Summon compare to databases?
Summon simultaneously searches across databases and OPAC, whereas individual databases are used more often for in-depth research.

How does Summon compare to Google Scholar?
Summon and Google Scholar are both search engines that let you quickly search across a massive index of scholarly information.
Summon and Google Scholar search different bodies of scholarly content. There is overlap, but there is content findable in Summon but not Google Scholar.
Some features unique to Summon:

  • Summon search results contain all LRC' print materials, electronic resources and media.
  • Useful search refinements for effective searches, for example:
    • "Items with full text online"
    • "Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review"
    • " Add results beyond your library's collection"
    • Saved Items - email, print, cite and export to refWorks.



How do I get the full-text of a journal article?
If "Full Text Online" is available, click on the "Full Text Online" or the article title to access the article.If “Citation Online” is available, click on the “Citation Online” and in the following page, click on the “Interlibrary Loan” button to request the full text of the article/book.




Why some articles do not have full-text access?
LRC may not have subscribed to the publication. You may request the article through Inter-library Loan Service, or try Google Scholar.

Why the link to "article" does not work?
Try to conduct one more search for the article in the database the link leads to. 

Can I use Summon off-campus?
Absolutely. Please log in to LRC's VPN to access Summon off-campus (i.e. dormitories, home). Click Remote Access to E-resources for login information.