What is Summon?


Keep in Mind

  • Summon searches many but not all library resources
  • Comprehensive or targeted searches should be done in subject specific databases
  • The library catalog is not indexed in Summon. Use the Library Catalog to search for print books and other physical items that are not included in Summon search results.

Cleveland Public Library is happy to bring you Summon, an innovative new unified discovery service. Summon allows you to quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible library content from our collection of research databases, Virtual Reference eBooks, and digital repository content from colleges, universities, research centers and other open-access archives on the web. A Summon search through CPL will also give you relevant results from our own Digital Gallery.

Single search

Provides a Google-like search experience allowing researchers to use one search box to discover credible and reliable library content
Relevant results

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

“Did you mean?” suggestions

The intuitive Summon tool provides alternative guidance for misspellings or low yield queries
Full-text filter

Summon  provides time-efficient research by allowing results set to be limited to items immediately available in full text online.
Citation formatting

Quickly cut and paste citations in your preferred style
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