The Summon service is the only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique “match and merge” technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. With new content sources added every week, and content updated daily, more than 90 different content types are represented in the Summon service and the vast majority of content is full-text searchable.
We provide unprecedented transparency to the breadth of the full-text searchable content available in the Summon discovery service. We provide lists of key databases and packages, as well as comprehensive lists of the serials titles and publishers to help libraries gather general information about the content discoverable through the Summon service. Additionally, we provide libraries complimentary title-level analysis, customized for your library's journal titles.
Single Unified Index
The cornerstone of the Summon service is its unified index. With the critical core of a library’s collection in a single, unified index, the Summon service is able to deliver results and a user experience focused on ease of use, relevancy, easy customization, research integrity, and more.
Only Serials Solutions maps all metadata to a common schema prior to indexing. A team of librarians manages the process of de-duping, correcting and normalizing all incoming metadata by matching and merging records across vendors and publishers. This unique model provides the basis for superior relevancy that allows for all content to be equally discoverable, regardless of provider.
Match & Merge Technology
The Summon service is the only discovery service that creates a single record optimized for discovery, bringing together rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make an item more discoverable. With its unique match and merge technology the Summon service delivers highly relevant and easily navigable results, results not biased towards any particular provider or vendor, and results other discovery services wouldn't find More...
Institutional Repositories, Digital Collections & Open Access Repositories
You can exponentially grow your collection with valuable, freely available content by including open access archives and institutional repositories from different institutions around the world that have been ingested into the Summon service, most with full-text indexing. Users can discover even more interesting and intriguing content from these repositories and broadening their researcher experience all at no additional cost to your library.
Your library’s full library catalog can be indexed in the Summon unified index to make collections within it discoverable alongside e-content collections. The Summon service’s catalog detail page optimizes the display of items from local and consortia catalogs indexed in the Summon service to help users easily evaluate content within the discovery environment. To accomplish this, our administrative tools provide efficient way of customizing how local catalog records are mapped to match your library’s specifications.
Consortia & Group Catalogs
We work with groups and consortia to index union catalogs and disparate catalogs from participating group members in the Summon service. Unlike most existing union catalogs, the Summon service enables researchers to easily scope searches using facets to a particular library or group of libraries pre- or post-search.
Key Databases & Packages
We provide libraries information regarding the coverage of databases and packages in the Summon service. This information is provided to help libraries gather general information about the content discoverable through the Summon service and is provided for comparison purposes only; the Summon service is not intended to be a replacement for citation databases. More…
We provide libraries information regarding the publishers that participate in providing content, metadata and/or full text, for indexing in the Summon service. This information is provided to help libraries gather general information about the content discoverable through the Summon service. More…
We provide libraries a titles list which includes details such as coverage dates and full-text indexing for serials titles indexed in the Summon service. This information is provided to help libraries gather general information about the content discoverable through the Summon service. More…
Custom Title-Level Coverage Analysis
Contact us for a complimentary analysis and find out what titles specific to your collection are already covered in the Summon index. We are confident the Summon service will connect your researchers with the most comprehensive and relevant search results unbiased towards any one content provider.
Learn more about the indexing and display of research guides in the Summon service.
Become a Participant
The Summon service provides publishers a simple way to increase visibility, access and usage to their content… all at no cost. Improved discovery of content can boost renewal rates and usage and help new users find your content. For more information, contact us.