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About Summon

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.

Search Summon

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!

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

Summon at CUL

The new Summon search interface is the first phase of a project to improve the search, discovery, and access experience at CUL. The goal is to unveil an enhanced search system in January 2012.

What Do You Think?

Summon is a work in progress, with content being added continually. We encourage you to use the feedback link on the Summon screen to let us know what you think. Your input is important and will help to guide our development of this new search tool.

More questions?

Ask a Librarian!

System Messages or Errors

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