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University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Library launched the Summon® service to improve discovery of articles, e-books, dissertations and more. Articles +  powered by the Summon service is embedded on the UNC libraries homepage as well as other e-research pages on the library’s website. 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 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, 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 disciplines…we've received a lot of positive feedback from faculty and students alike.”

UNC Chapel Hill Library is one of three members of the Triangle Research Library Network using the Summon service, joining Duke University Libraries and North Carolina State University Libraries.  The three libraries are among the more than 26% of ARL libraries currently using the Summon service.

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 and provides the most full-text searchable content in its single, unified index. The Summon index contains 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 provide unparalleled options for scoping searches and navigating large result sets.

06 Jan 2012 | Posted by Daniela Parmley

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