Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015     Views: 39

Summon indexes a lot of material, so simple or vague searches will give very many results. There are some quick ways you can limit those results to more scholarly resources.

There are two facets in the Refine Your Search section at the top of the facets column: Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review and Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publications that limit to publications (mostly journals) identified as scholarly or peer-reviewed (a subset of scholarly) in the Ulrich's Periodical Directory database. These facets will eliminate resources that are peer-reviewed but not journals, like some conference proceedings, or that would be considered scholarly, like books.

If these two facets are too limiting, there are other means of limiting your results. If you are searching a pop culture or current event topic, you'll get many newspaper articles, use the Exclude Newspaper Articles facet. Or use the options under the Content Type facet to include and exclude particular formats to refine your results. For instance, if searching for materials on an author, you should exclude the Book Review content type. Using more refined Subject Terms can also significantly reduce the number of search results.

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