ENGL210: Literature, Culture and Media: Summon Search

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What Makes a Good Short Story.....A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell. This is an interactive site from Annenberg Learner.

Locating Books in Summon

Locating Books in Summon:   Creative Commons, KV5

After you have generated your results list in Summon, look at the left margin column to select the options for filtering your results.  Your original results list will likely contain sources that are books (print and electronic), journal articles, newspaper articles, magazines, streamed media, etc.  If you are interested in focusing your results to only books, choose the "Book/Ebook" option to filter your results to only that type of source.

Locating E-Books in Summon:

The RIT Library has a continually growing collection of e-books in a diverse range of subject areas. You can easily locate e-books using the refinement filters within Summon.  Conduct your Summon search, refine your search to "items with full text online" and limit the content type to "Books/ebook".  Your list of results will now be only e-books. 

Using Summon to Locate Short Stories

Summon can help you locate short stories in e-book form at the RIT Library.  An example search in the Summon search box might be:  "short stories".  Enclosing your search terms within quotation marks will allow your keywords to be searched as a phrase instead of separate words.  This search will generate close to a million results.  It is very important, then, to use the filters on the left of your screen to refine the results.  Under "Refine your Search", select the first box, "Items with full text online".  Under "Content Type", choose "Book/EBook".  This will now narrow your list to only ebook results.  Under the "Subject Terms" category, you can select your subject areas to focus the results.  Choosing both "literature" and "short stories" and "Apply" at the top of the column, will further refine the results.  You can further refine your results by choosing to limit the dates of publication.  For example, entering  2006 and 2016 in the boxes under "Publication Date" will limit your results to those publication dates.   You can also opt to use the Publication Dates slider tool to limit the results by date. The majority of your results should be actual short stories although a couple of titles may appear in your list that do not meet your criteria.  The reasons for this might be that the book was published in the appropriate time period but it includes stories that were originally written longer ago and there may also be a couple of books that appear that are about short stories rather than actual short stories.  So, your results may not be absolutely perfect, but the search should be helpful.

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