Using Summon and Google Scholar

Summon is available from the U of T Libraries and provides a one-stop full text search index of published and open access books and journals, news sources, and databases, in all subject areas. The search also includes the library catalogue and local collections.

How to make the best use of Summon when searching for journal articles.

  • Use Summon when searching for interdisciplinary as well as legal material
  • Use the advanced search features to combine or limit search terms using AND/OR.
  • Use field searching to search by title, subject, author, publisher, publication title, language, notes.
  • Refine your search by format, from an extensive list of subject headings, by language, by date and by library location to narrow it down to the most appropriate materials.
  • Use the [fulltext] link when on campus or when signed in with my.access while off campus for one click access to the full text of an article
  • Read the Digital Rights information, to ensure you are complying with copyright restrictions
  • Remember that resources that are only available on Westlaw or Lexis will not be indexed in Summon

Google Scholar indexes scholarly literature including articles, theses, books, abstracts in all subject areas as well as (mainly US court opinions)

  • Use the advanced search features to combine  or limit search terms and to search by author, publication or date
  • Material located via Google Scholar is not indexed by subject and there is no controlled vocabulary so is not easy to limit  a search to material covering a specific subject
  • Use Google Scholar to find out how many times and when an article has been cited in other scholarly literature from all disciplines – this is often more comprehensive for legal articles than any other source
  • Set up your preferences so that you can access the full text of articles available through U of T. Go to Google Scholar and click on the link entitled “Scholar Preferences” at the right of the Search box. Scroll down to the “Library Links” section and search for Toronto in the “Find Library” search box. Select the “Get it!” link for the U of T.   Then, when you do your searches, you will see the U of T “Get It!” link on the left hand side of the search result.  While on campus you should be taken directly to the full text of the document.  If you are off campus, you may have to login with your UTORid.

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