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    Summon: Search and Display of LibGuides

    • Product: Summon

    How are LibGuides searched in the Summon service and how do they display?

    If you have LibGuides (a Subject Guide tool from Springshare, Inc.) in your library, the Summon service can index and search your LibGuides, which allows your patrons to more easily discover related subject-guide materials.

    How it Works

    The Summon service does this by indexing the web-page content from the LibGuides pages directly. Summon indexes this content approximately once a week, to allow new guides and updated guides to sync up with the Summon service.

    Summon indexes the title, publication date, author, publisher, copyright info, description, and language from the LibGuides pages. The navigational links from the tab-based menu in the LibGuides pages are also indexed, along with the author's photo, and displayed in the search results. Patrons can enter the subject-guide content directly via links from the Summon service. Summon indexes the full-text content from LibGuides v2; if you are currently using the original version of LibGuides, some full-text content may be available to Summon directly from the LibGuides pages, but it is inconsistent due to the technology used to retrieve full-text from the original version of LibGuides.
    LibGuides content and all local-library-developed content is boosted in the Summon relevancy index. Boosting search-relevancy ranking brings smaller, yet highly relevant material to the forefront of the Summon search results.
    If your library has subject guides on your library's web site that are not powered by LibGuides, or your LibGuides have not been loaded into the Summon service, please submit a case using the Support Portal (available from the More Sites menu above) with the following options selected:
    Asset: Summon Index Category: Client Content/Content Issue Subject: LibGuides for the Title, enter one of the following:

    - Activate LibGuides for Summon (if Summon has never previously indexed your LibGuides)

    - Update LibGuides to v2 (if you are using v2 and currently indexed in Summon are LibGuides (original version)).

    New LibGuide Search Result Display Format
    Additionally, you can create custom Summon search boxes to include in your LibGuides pages.
    If you do not want your LibGuides to be discoverable in the Summon service, opt-out by using the Support Portal option at the top of this page to request that we disable LibGuides in the Summon service for your library.

    Metadata Suggestions for your Guides

    There are key metadata elements used in the algorithm that matches research guides to Summon Topics. Ensuring that these LibGuide metadata elements exist and are well formatted can help improve the matching frequency.


    Title matching is important in mapping a Summon Topic to a research guide. Make sure the title is clear and descriptive and matches the topic of the content covered in the guide.


    The description is also used in mapping a Summon Topic to a research guide. The description should be a clear summary of the topic, not the guide. Use more than a few words, try to make the description a few sentences if possible.


    Much like subject headings in a library catalog record, adding keywords that relate to the topic of the guide will improve matching the research guide to the Summon Topic.

    If you have addressed the above elements and you are not seeing good matches of Summon Topics to your research guides, we ask that you provide examples of queries where you expect to see a research guide in the Topic Explorer pane. As we continue to improve the algorithm that matches topics to research guides, having examples will help us as we fine tune the algorithm.

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 6-Jun-2016
    • Old Article Number: 8737
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