What is Summon 2.0?

Summon 2.0 is an intuitive and fast search engine that helps you discover relevant information on any topic from the University of Victoria Libraries collections.

It searches through our collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, videos, maps, manuscript collections, music scores and more.

Rather than searching for all of these things in separate databases, Summon provides a single unified search box.

Not sure whether a source is relevant to your research needs? Take the tutorial.


What is included in Summon 2.0?

Summon 2.0 includes records from the UVic Libraries catalogue, records from our digitized collections and as well as citations and full text of 83% of scholarly journals, to which UVic Libraries owns or provides access.

What if I am not finding the resources I need when using Summon 2.0?

If you can't find what you are looking for, try our specialized databases. See all databases A-Z.

How do I use Summon 2.0?

Use the single search box (search everything) found on the home page and the upper right of every other page. Type in your search terms and then use "Refine your Search" using the options on the left, such as content type, subject or date.

For a more specific search, by author or journal title, use the "Advanced Search" option. See the Help link within search results page for more search tips that will make your search more precise.

I'm getting too many results. What do I do?

You can always use more search terms in the search box. Also use "Refine your Search" using the options on the left, such as content type, subject or date.

Can I use Summon 2.0 from my mobile phone?

You can even search Summon 2.0 from your mobile phone mobile (iPhone, Android) by going directly to http://uvic.summon.serialssolutions.com on your mobile web browser.

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