What is Summon?
Summon is a Google-like search engine for the UIC Library. It searches UIC’s catalog and many of our databases simultaneously to quickly provide relevancy-ranked, credible library results through a single search box. Use it to find books, articles, and more. You will be linked directly to the full text of materials that match your search terms, whenever possible.
When should I use Summon?
Summon is great for:
How to get what you want in Summon:
Searching in Summon is easy, but if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, there are several options on the left side of the screen that you can use to expand or narrow your search to get better results:
Options include limiting by:
You can add terms in the search box to help narrow your results; as a general rule, the more words you add, the fewer results you’ll get. Try the following:
Advanced Search will allow you to enter search terms within a specific field (e.g., title, ISBN, author name), and may be helpful if you are searching for an individual item rather than multiple results on a topic.
Need assistance identifying relevant research materials? Use the chat function on the right-hand side of the Summon screen or Ask A Librarian.
What does Summon include?
Summon includes everything in the UIC and CARLI I-Share library catalogs (FAQ: borrowing from UIC and other libraries), numerous academic databases, and digital repositories like the HathiTrust. It searches for books, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, theses and dissertations, and multimedia materials.
When searching Summon for journal articles, the default search shows only results from UIC's databases. Note that immediate full text access is not always available.
When searching Summon for books and other physical materials, the default search shows results from all libraries within CARLI I-Share, UIC’s library borrowing consortium.
To limit only to books at your UIC library, select UIC under “Institution,” then select your library's name under "Library Location."
Summon is a great tool for getting started with your research. However, if you can’t find exactly what you need, there are other ways to search for information. You can search our databases and our catalog directly, or conduct a global search through WorldCat. Consult our research & subject guides for advice on recommended resources and searching tips.
Important: If you are searching from off campus, sign in to using your NetID to access our full-text materials. It will also expand your search results.