Summon is a searching service provided to participating colleges and universities by ProQuest, one of the largest database resource providers available to students, staff and faculty. This search tool allows you to search RIT's entire collection based on keywords or phrases that you enter.
The key to successfully navigating your Summon search results is using the filters provided by the search tool. Here is some further explanation:
You can type your search terms into the box that says, "search articles, journals, books, media, and more" then press Enter on your keyboard. This will lead you to a list of search results available through the RIT Libraries.
If your search results in a overwhelming amount of entries, you may want to refine your search results using the filters at the left of you search window.
Now that you have learned some tips about how to use Summon, visit the RIT Libraries' homepage to try it out, or use the short-cut search box provided below.
The RIT Libraries catalog is a search tool that allows you to search the libraries' available materials, including books, ebooks, journals, videos course reserves, and the collections of the RIT Libraries. You can access the RIT Libraries catalog by visiting albert.rit.edu. Below is an image of what the catalog search tool looks like.
You can select a tab on the top of the search box to choose how you search the catalog (ie. search by "Title" or "Author", etc.). However, two unique features of the catalog are the "Advanced Word Search" and the ability to find "Course Reserves" material.
Underneath the normal keyword search box for the catalog, you will see the link for the Advanced Keyword Search. This tool can help you be very specific with you search. You can filter by:
You can also search "Any Field" and choose to apply more than one filter to your search. Additionally, you have the option of adding "Limits" to your search. You may limit your search by:
You may see many similarities between the options offered here, and the options offered by Summon. However, the RIT Libraries catalog gives you the chance to manage your search criteria before you submit your search query.
Another unique feature of the RIT Libraries catalog is the option to see what Course Reserves are available. Course reserves are materials that your instructor may have set aside for a specific class. They live in a special section of the library, and are only available upon request. You can look for course material online by searching or browsing for your "Course Title or Number" or by searching or browsing for your "Instructor's Last Name."
These are some special features of the catalog search tool. Give it a try to see what you find!
The RIT Libraries offer a large selection of ebooks, searchable through the catalog and Summon. Most ebook results will be indicated on the library catalog as shown below.
On Summon, ebooks will be identified by the ebook symbol as well as a label that indicates "eBook: Full Text Online" as shown below.
You can access ebooks by clicking on the "Full Text Online" link, or by clicking on the title of the book and then following the provided links to the full text.
If you are looking for a printed book, however, you will have to learn how to find it in the library! The first step to locating a book in the library is to click on the title of the book. This will open a page in the catalog with further information about the book, including where to find it.
If you click on the "Location" of the book, you will be shown a map of the floor where the item is located. You can then go find the material you need!
Many of your professors may require that you include scholarly journal articles in your research. A scholarly article is an article that is written by a scholar, or professional, in the field which you are studying. Many scholarly articles must be peer-reviewed in order to be published by a credible journal.
Peer-review is the process in which multiple professionals read and critique articles written by others in their field before those articles are published. This process ensures that the articles that are published have credible information, applicable to the area of study that they relate to.
To search for scholarly articles one the RIT Libraries' website, look for the link that says "A-Z Journal List." Once you have done that, you will see a screen similar to the image below. You will have several options to help you search for an article.
If you already know names of the journals that publish scholarly articles in your area of interest, use the "Find a Journal By Title" option. For many students, it is easier to "Browse Journals By Subject." This is a good way to become familiar with some journals that provide scholarly information related to your area of interest.
Now that you know where to look for scholarly articles, click this link to search for journals or use the journal search-widget below.