University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library launches the Summon service to improve discovery of articles, e-books, dissertations and more. Articles + search powered by Summon is embedded on the UNC libraries homepage as well as other e-research pages. With Articles + researchers can search more than 320 million items in UNC's Libraries collections via a single search.
"Students and researchers have requested this sort of simple search across online content for years, but the technology simply hasn't been up to the task," said University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University Librarian, Sarah Michalak. "Summon makes the Library's investment in electronic journals truly pay off for the people who need to find and access articles. We know this will improve research for nearly everyone."
Kim Vassiliadis, instructional design and technology librarian at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said "the new discovery tool is an excellent resource not only for students who need a quick way to search, but also for scholars with complex multidisciplinary topics. Summon is terrific at finding articles across seemingly unrelated disciplinesÖ we've received a lot of positive feedback from faculty and students alike."
UNC Library is one of three members of the Triangle Research Library Network that are using the Summon service in addition to members Duke University Library and North Carolina State University Library. All three libraries are among the more than 26% of ARL libraries currently using Summon.
Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon service offers the most compelling user experience by providing the most full-text searchable content in a single unified index. Summon searches across more than 800 million records which are optimized for discovery using an exclusive match and merge process for content ingestion. This allows the Summon service to return a single, unified result set and provides users with unparalleled options for scoping searches and navigating across large results sets.