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Everything behind a single search box

Summon is a Google-like search engine that enables Case faculty, students, and staff to search, find, and access scholarly library content. Summon indexes nearly all of the materials held and/or licensed (purchased) by the Case libraries including:

  • Over 100,000 online journals
  • Over 300 research databases
  • Library catalog and institutional repository
  • Dissertations
  • Newspapers
  • Images
  • Government documents
  • Audio and video
  • As well as digital respositories from colleges, universities, research centers and other open-access archives on the web

 Use Summon to:

  • Get started on your research
  • Search for books and journals at the same time
  • Research interdisciplinary topics
  • Link directly to the full text of materials that match your search terms whenever possible


  • Exceptionally relevant results

Summon delivers search results in a relevancy-ranked list so the most relevant results appear at the top of the list.

  • Results refinement

Easily navigate and narrow search results using multiple methods, such as filtering, faceting. and sorting.

  • Clear, immediate results

Valuable information is conveniently displayed within the results list, allowing for quick appraisal. This data includes abstracts, item location, call numbers for books, full text availability, and more.

  • Full-text filter

Summon provides time-efficient research for the busy researcher by allowing result sets to be limited to items immediately available in full text online.

  • Citation formatting

Quickly cut and paste citations in your preferred style.

  • Bibliographic information export

Easily export citations to bibliographic management software applications such as EndNote, RefWorks and ProCite.

  • Scholarship filter

Gives you the ability to limit results to "scholarly" publications including peer-reviewed material.

  • "Did you mean?" suggestions

The intuitive Summon tool provides alternative guidance for misspellings or low yield queries.

  • Language selection

Choose from a variety of languages.

  • Content  types

Summon indexes library catalog records, e-journal articles, databases, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, institutional repositories, conference proceedings, grey literature, cited references, reports, digital library, more.

  • How do I use Summon?

Use the single search box to start and then use the Refine Your Search options on the left, such as content type, subject or date. For a more specific search--by author or journal title for example--use the Advanced Search option. See the Help link at the right top of the page for more search tips that will make your search more precise.

For additional tips, see the Summon Help Guide

Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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