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Summon Searching

Try our Summon Search and find resources across our entire library collection - books, journal articles and more!

What is Summon?

Summon is a fast search engine that helps you discover a range of relevant information in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library collection. It can be a useful starting place for your library research.

From a single search box you can search for: books/ebooks, conference proceedings, government documents, journal and newspaper articles, and more...

Sometimes a search will return an overwhelming number of results so it is a good idea to use 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.

Summon Tips

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

Looking for Academic or Scholarly results?

Searches results can contain a variery of sources including both academic and popular items. If you need only scholarly or academic results, please look for the Refine Your Search box and click on "Scholarly & Peer-Review"