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Searching Articles, Books, & More: 1 - Search & Navigation Bar

This guide gives you basic information about how Summon works to find things owned by University of Rochester Libraries

Search & Navigation Bar Features

The Search & Navigation Bar contains the main search box, where you can add keywords, and other links to additional functionality, such as an Advanced Search option. Check below for detailed explanations.


a - Links to Home and Course Reserves:

  • Click here to go back to the main search page or to access the Course Reserves page.


b - Main search box:

  • Add your keywords here. You can combine the different terms using Boolean Operators.
  • If you are searching for a known item (you know the Title, Author or Citation), check our Search for a Known Item section for additional tips.
  • Click the star inside the search box to save your keywords temporarily (a Google or Microsoft account is required to save them permanently) or click the "X" icon to erase them.
  • Click on the New Search link to start a new search from scratch or the Advanced link to access the Advanced Search options.
  • Click the star outside of the box to access your saved searches (Google or Microsoft account required).


c - Links to additional pages and forms:

  • Click on Journal search to do a Journal Search in our collection.
  • Click on My Account to access your library account, request or renew items.
  • Click on Report a Problem to let us now of any technical problems with your search or access to resources.
  • Click on Feedback to share your experience, impressions and wishes related to searching Articles, Books & More.
  • Click on Search Tips to learn about the search interface and how to find items efficiently and effectively.


d - Access your temporary Saved Items Folder, Chat with a Librarian or access additional Menu Items:

  • Click the folder icon to see selected records from your current session, save them to a Reference Manager program or e-mail them.
  • Click the chat icon to talk to us or ask questions.
  • The "hamburger" menu gives you access to additional options:
    • Change the Language of the search interface. Supported languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

Boolean Operators - Combining Search Terms

  • Search phrases using quotation marks
    • example:  "rhapsody in blue"
  • Combine words with AND, OR, and NOT in capital letters
    • example:  piano OR organ
    • Complex searches may combine elements--in which case, use parentheses around OR terms
    • example:  schubert AND (erlkonig OR "erl king") AND "high voice"
  • Substitute * for several possible letters
    • example:   sonat*  will find sonata, sonatas, sonaten, etc.
  • Substitute ? for one letter within a word
    • example:  S?riabin to find Scriabin or Skriabin, but it will not find Skryabin because the y follows the r.
  • Stop Words
    • Summon's current English stop words include "a", "an", "the", "and", "but", "or", "it", "of", "on", "with", "in", "is" and "are", but do not include "will" since it has a common secondary meaning as a noun.
    • In general, Summon ignores stop words in queries. If the query is issued as a phrase search with double quotes (i.e., "man of the year"), Summon returns results containing the exact phrase "man of the year".
  • Search proximity of terms
    • "yeast bread"~10  finds material where "yeast" and "bread" appear within 10 words of each other.
    • Note that proximity searching does not take the order of search terms into account. A search on "mozart piano violin"~6 will yield results in which the three search terms appear in various orders.

Notes:  The use of wildcards within a phrase search is not supported

Saved Items Folder

Mulltiple search results can be saved to Articles, Books & More's Saved Items temporary folder, where citations can be viewed, emailed, printed, and exported during a user's search session.

Start by clicking the Add to Saved Items icon to the right of a citation:


The Saved Items folder to the right of the Articles, Books & More search box now displays a '1' to indicate the item has been added (note that 50 items is the maximum number that can be held in the temporary folder at any given time). Any items in your Saved Items will have a red folder icon.