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    Summon: Metadata Content and Search Fields in the Summon Index

    • Product: Summon

    What is included in the Summon Index and what is searched?

    The Summon index contains citation metadata from a large number of providers including publishers, aggregators, and abstracting and indexing (A&I) services, open access content providers such as universities. The Summon index also includes searchable full text from a number of participating providers. (See the content and coverage article for more information about participating publishers and titles.) A deduplication process called Match and Merge creates a single master Summon record when a citation for the same item is received from multiple providers.

    Searching Specific Fields

    Many metadata fields in the Summon Index can be explicitly searched via the Summon Advanced Search page. As an alternative, users can perform specific field searches using the Basic Search (keyword) search box. The search syntax to use is: field:(query). For example, the search Author:(kerouac) finds records that contain that value in the Author field. Specific-field searching is available for the following fields:

    • Author
    • CorporateAuthor (written as one word)
    • Title
    • Subtitle
    • DocumentTitleAlternate (written as one word)
    • PublicationTitle (written as one word)
    • SubjectTerms (written as one word)
    • Abstract
    • CODEN
    • DEWEY
    • DOI
    • DissertationAdvisor (written as one word)
    • DissertationSchool (written as one word)
    • ISBN
    • ISSN
    • Edition
    • Genre
    • GeographicLocations
    • Volume
    • Issue
    • OCLC
    • PatentNumber (written as one word)
    • Publisher
    • PublicationSeriesTitle (written as one word)
    • TemporalSubjectTerms (written as one word)
    • Language
    • Notes
    • StartPage (written as one word)

    Fields Included in Basic Searches

    The following metadata fields are the ones most commonly received from providers, and are the primary ones queried when a user does a Basic Search:

    • Title
    • Subtitle
    • DocumentTitleAlternate
    • Author
    • CorporateAuthor
    • PublicationTitle
    • ISSN
    • ISBN
    • PublicationPlace
    • Issue
    • Abstract
    • PublicationDate
    • StartPage
    • ContentType
    • Fulltext (if the provider has contributed the full text)
    • SubjectTerms
    • DOI

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 17-Feb-2020
    • Old Article Number: 8819