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Because Summon lets you search all formats at once, you need a way to quickly limit the results to those that are most important to you.

Use the limiters on the left to limit to:

  • Items that are available in full-text online
  • Scholarly & Peer Reviewed articles
  • Items in CONSORT
  • Specific formats like books, journal articles, or music recordings
  • Items at OWU
  • Items published within a specific date range


Searching by Author, Title, ISBN

Looking for Something Specific? Authors, Titles, and ISBNs

If you are looking for a specific author, title, etc. it is possible to customize your search. 

You can explicitly search a field using the strategy: field:(search terms). For example, the search title:(Art of Creative Teaching) finds records that contain those words in the title. 

Use quotation marks with this strategy to find records with exact phrases.  The search title:("Art of Creative Teaching") finds records with that exact phrase in the title field.

Searchable fields:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Subject Terms
  • Publisher
  • Publication Title
  • Language
  • DOI
  • and more...

Phrase Searching

Phrase Searching 

Like Google, if you want the words you search to show up together use “ ” around search terms. The search “teacher education” will find results with that exact phrase.

Boolean Searching - AND, OR, NOT

Boolean Operators - AND, OR, NOT

Summon allows searching with the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. To expand the results set, use the OR operator microcircuits OR nanocircuits will return items that contain either term.

This can be combined with quoted terms such as “teacher education” OR “educator training”.

To exclude items in Summon, use the NOT operator or the minus sign (-) before a term. The search animal NOT dog does not include results with the term dog.

Wildcard Use in Summon

Wildcard Use in Summon 

Searches within Summon can be performed using the wildcards ? and *.

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, for example, Temptation, Temple and Temporary.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.