Summon is a fast search engine that helps you discover a range of relevant information in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library collection. It searches books, conference proceedings, government documents, ebooks, journal and newspaper articles, maps, music scores and more, all from a single search box. Right from the list of results, it’s easy to see if the book is available, or if the article is full-text online.
Summon can be a useful starting place for your library research.
A word of caution - sometimes your search will return an overwhelming number of results so it is a good idea to make use of the limiting options available, such as limiting to books/ebooks or peer-reviewed journals or by date. After searching in Summon you may wish to switch directly into the library catalogue to search for books or into the individual databases...especially the ones that are not included in a Summon search.
Searches results can contain a variery of sources including both academic and popular itesm. If you need only scholarly or academic results, please look for the Refine Your Search box and click on "Scholarly & Peer-Review"
Because SUMMON searches "everything" often the number of search results is overwhelmingly high. Here are some tips to help you create a more manageale list:
Use options (found on the left hand side of the search screen) to reduce the number of results. For example, limit your results to full-text articles from scholarly journals published in a particular date range (e.g. the last ten years)
Search for an exact phrase by using quotation marks. For example, if you are looking for restaurant design try "restaurant design"
Try adding additional keywords that further describe what you are looking for. For example, "restaurant design" AND lighting