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What Articles, Ebooks… Searches

Diagram of Cornell collections included in Summon*The Summon search engine is a work in progress, with content being added continually. The library catalog, including print books, journals, and other resources will be findable in Summon soon.

The Articles, Ebooks... search box uses the Summon search engine to search approximately 800 million items, including but not limited to:

  • scholarly journal articles
  • newspaper articles
  • ebooks
  • audio files
  • video files

It draws from many full-text and article-indexing databases as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives on the web.

Keep in Mind

  • Summon searches many but not all library resources
  • Comprehensive or targeted searches should be done in subject specific databases
  • The library catalog is not indexed in Summon. Use the Library Catalog or the Classic Catalog to search for print books and other physical items that are not included in Summon search results.

Note that these are NOT the only databases Cornell has. You can also select another, more appropriate database to search from the Database Names search. For targeted searches, it is best to search databases individually.

If you are unsure which databases to search, ask a librarian!

Please note that the databases available in the Database Names search represent only a fraction of the online resources available at Cornell. To access the majority of Cornell materials and the collections of many other libraries worldwide, search the Catalog. To access only materials available from Cornell University Library, including other reference resources, search the Classic Catalog.

Download a printable guide to searching Summon, or to access more detailed instructions for using Summon, see the Summon Help document.

System Messages or Errors

If you experience problems with databases, please fill out a Problem Connecting form to notify library staff.