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Why Search Summon?

  • a single box searches across the spectrum of library content
  • access to a variety of source types and materials
  • direct links to online content

What does Summon Search?

Summon searches many millions of books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, government documents and more. It draws from many of the full text and article indexing databases, as well as digital repositories and other open-access archives on the web, and it searches the Dartmouth Library catalog.

Keep in Mind...

  • Summon searches many but not all library resources
  • Searching discipline focused databases on in-depth topics will usually lead to more precise results for a specific subject area.
  • Searching the Library Catalog directly will help you find a specific item owned by Dartmouth (book, journal title, DVD, manuscript, etc.)  that you do not see in Summon.
  • Summon does not search the guides to our extensive manuscript collections.

Search Tips

Phrase Searching

  • use quotation marks to bind terms as phrases, e.g. "eminent domain"

Boolean Operators

  • by default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator
  • Boolean operations (AND, OR, NOT) must be entered in ALL CAPS
    • cats AND kittens (= cats kittens); result must contain both terms
    • cats OR kittens
    • cats NOT kittens
  • use the minus sign before a term to exclude items (dog -puppies)

Wild Cards and Truncation Symbols

  • the asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word
    • e.g. lab*r will find labour or labor
    • e.g. psycholog* will find psychology, psychological, psychologically, etc.
  • the question mark (?) will match any one character
    • e.g. wom?n will find women or woman or womyn
  • wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search or in phrase searching.

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Last Updated: 12/4/15