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What is Summon?

Summon is a powerful search engine that provides fast, simple access to scholarly material at the University of Bradford. It provides an integrated single search box for our

  • Library Catalogue;
  • journals and journal articles in print and online;
  • both print and eBooks;
  • Masters Dissertations and research in Bradford Scholars;
  • Multimedia content;
  • Newspaper articles; and
  • citations in our abstracting and indexing databases.

How do I use Summon?

The Summon search box can be found on the Library homepage or visiting the Summon search page directly. The Summon search box replaces the old catalogue search box. Summon is quick and easy to use, a bit like Google Scholar but with access to University of Bradford subscribed resources. You only need to take three steps:

  • Enter search terms into a single search box.
  • Refine results by date, subject, academic journals etc.
  • View results, and link directly to full text or more information.

Summon quick guide (pdf, 368 KB)

Summon quick guide (docx, 376 KB)

Although Summon is designed to be intuitive and easy to use, please feel free to get in touch with your Subject Librarian for further information and assistance

What if I still want to use an individual database?

  • Individual databases can be located via the Library catalogue. Simply type in the database name or browse by title or subject.
  • Alternatively, you can type in the database name directly into Summon. You can link straight to your chosen database from the search results.
  • In addition, while searching Summon the built-in recommender service will direct you to selected additional resources related to your search.

Can I still use a Catalogue without Summon?

The Library still offers a catalogue alongside Summon. The traditional catalogue will be available for

  • accessing your library record;
  • renewals;
  • reservations;
  • inter-library loans; and
  • group study room bookings.

Comparing the functionalities of the two library search services: Catalogue and Summon: 

I want to...CatalogueSummon
Search for books Yes Yes
Search for journals Yes Yes
Search for journal articles No Yes
Search for database content No Yes
Search for Masters Dissertations No Yes
Access my borrower information Yes No
Use Advanced Search Yes Yes
Limit my Search Results Yes Yes
Use Facets to narrow search No Yes
Search for full text articles No Yes
Search for items in Bradford Scholars No Yes
Book a Group Study Room Yes No
Request an Inter-Library Loan Yes Yes
Use tags No No
See Related Search options No Yes