You may recall that this was announced as a trial a few months ago. Well, now it’s for real! Per the news release:

Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, and STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, have announced that the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect content will be indexed within the Summon web-scale discovery service. Researchers will now be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summon service.

By working with Serials Solutions and allowing its full-text content to be indexed by the Summon service, the global publisher is furthering its commitment to simplifying research for its customers, while guaranteeing that its valuable resources are used to their full potential.

Recognised as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon service meets user expectations by providing a fast, easy and open discovery experience. With a single unified index, the service provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that is the hallmark of great libraries.

Currently, the Summon service allows researchers to search the full text of content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records. More than 250 libraries worldwide subscribe to the Summon service because it provides a clear starting point for research, and consistently demonstrates a substantial increase in usage of library materials.”

Per the announcement:

Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, has announced an agreement with ARTstor to enable the discovery of the latter’s visual materials collections from the Summon web-scale discovery service. ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, humanities and sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.”

“The agreement with ARTstor, signed May 31, 2011, is the latest content announcement from Serials Solutions. Currently, the Summon service allows researchers to quickly and easily search content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records. The Summon service provides proven value to more than 250 libraries worldwide who subscribe to the service because it provides a clear, comprehensive starting point for research, and helps ensure material in the library is easily discovered and used.”

Here is an announcement from Serials Solutions:

During this past weekend, Summon hit another amazing milestone. Summon has surpassed 750 million records in the unified index – well on our way to 1 Billion!

Additionally, support for native German searching was deployed to the production system. This new development takes into consideration specific rules in the German language into the Summon relevancy ranking algorithms. This is a great technological achievement for the Summon service, no other systems in the market can handle this level of granularity in search processing. Here are some highlights:”

* ä, ö and ü can be searched for as ae, oe, and ue

* ß can be searched for as ss

* Stemming allows searching for either the singular form or the plural form of most nouns

*Compound terms can be searched for in their decompounded form, for example: a search for ‘Behandlungsanlage‘ or ‘Abwasseranlage‘ will find a document containing the term Abwasserbehandlungsanlage.

*Relevancy improvements enable documents with the exact form of the search terms to be ranked higher than the alternate/derived forms.

* Intelligent stop word handling of German stop words, for example: “und der Dichter” will return relevant results even though “und” and “der” are stop words in the German language.


Since we have implemented Summon as a default search engine on our homepage last week, we have more than 10,000 searches run there every day. This is very much in line with our previous search activities.

Thank you for more than 150 of you that have attended one of our Summon training sessions in the library. We really appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Here are some new features for Summon since we have released it:

* All our cIRcle records are in Summon

* All our ContentDM records (digital collections) are in Summon , try a search for a log boom and limit to archival material or images

* Web of Science citations are added to articles that have been cited in WoS – this is an important and interesting feature for STM folks.

There are a few remaining issues that we are working to solve, e.g. CJK searching and library locations facet, and those will be worked out very soon.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

—Eugene Barsky, Science & Engineering Librarian, University of British Columbia

We are pleased to announce that you can now search full text of Science Direct journal articles from your Summon site as a subscriber to Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect. This is a pilot with Elsevier that is set to run for four months and includes ScienceDirect journal articles from 2006 forward. The content is now live in the Summon index.

While Summon has long been able to search and discover ScienceDirect content, now Summon also searches the full text of ScienceDirect journal articles. Supporting the ability to search the full text of this content provides for more comprehensive discovery. For instance, if you search on “computational fluid dynamics,” you’ll be able to discover the specific uses of that phrase within a journal article, as opposed to only in the abstract and metadata.

Why a Pilot?

Elsevier has set the conditions and the timeframe for the pilot program. The reason Elsevier wishes to start with a pilot is that they would like to determine the level of demand and usage of web-scale discovery services in libraries before fully participating in Summon. During the pilot Serials Solutions and Elsevier will evaluate the results and decide whether to proceed with full indexing of the ScienceDirect content in Summon. We expect the decision to proceed will be based on usage, customer feedback and eventual negotiations with Elsevier on terms of the agreement.

If you value the inclusion of Science Direct content in Summon, we strongly encourage you to share feedback directly with Elsevier.” –John Law, Vice President, Discovery Services, Serials Solutions

Note: It has been reported some 2011 full text hasn’t been indexed yet in Summon.

We are thrilled about the ability to integrate the metadata from the ARTstor Digital Library into the Summon service index.” –Stephanie Krueger, associate director for library relations for ARTstor.

Serials Solutions has announced an agreement with ARTstor to enable the discovery of its visual materials collections from Summon. Read the news release here.

A reminder, Summon is a search tool that provides fast, relevance ranked results on any topic from the UBC Library collections in a single search. It is our new discovery tool.

Summon is almost ready for a launch, this is what we have done so far:

  • * All Voyager records are in Summon now. It took some time working with Serials Solutions to tweak things, but now all catalogue records should be available in the Summon database.
  • * Activation of UBC A-Z electronic resources list is now largely complete. This means that all of our full-text collections, including Ejournals, Ebooks, Databases, as well as Indexes and Open Access resources have been activated in the Serials Solutions knowledgebase. Please try searching for a topic and limit to ebooks – works like magic. Never before have we been able to provide this kind of cross-exposure to our ebook collections, and it will only get better as more records and metadata are added.
  • * Work to migrate from SFX link resolver to Serials Solutions 360 Link has begun. Summon will be the first database to switch. It has certainly delayed our implementation, but it is worth it. Using two Serials Solutions products – Summon and 360 Link provides a smoother user experience. We will do more usability testing on this one.
  • * cIRcle records should be in Summon by the end of this month. ContentDM records to follow right away.

Still to do:

  • * As part of implementing 360 Link, we will replace our ejournal MARC records in Voyager and explore new methods of loading ebooks MARC records to expose them in Summon. The goal will be to allow someone to search for a specific ejournal or ebook title, and see it in Summon right away.
  • * There is work to be done on the 360 Link menu customizations, including determining appropriate ILL linking, design etc. We will be conducting usability testing on these services.
  • * Hands-on staff training will be offered to those interested in becoming more familiar with the concept of a discovery tool.

We really want to be ready to launch in mid-February, just in time for students’ big assignments.

Our sincere thanks to the eResources team, LSIT team, cataloging team and other librarians and library staff for their hard work implementing all the above.

Please send any questions you may have to or to me, Eugene Barsky, at .

We have activated (almost) all our subscribed resources in the Serials Solutions Knowledgebase. Don’t panic if you didn’t see your favourite listed here in the past month. There are several possibilities:

  • it was already activated –we’ve been using the Serials Solutions Knowledgebase for ejournals for several years
  • it’s being tweaked –a couple difficult cases need a second look
  • it’s not in the S.S. Kb. –still not a cause for panic as we do ask Serials Solutions to add missing resources

Watch for more Summon announcements in the near future… not to mention related announcements on a new OpenURL resolver and improvements to journal/ejournal finding.

“Hey! I see you’ve activated that collection I’ve been waiting for. So why can’t I find some titles from it in Summon?”

First, it usually takes a day (sometimes a little more) for something we’ve activated to be available in Summon.

Second, there are two components at work in the background: a central Knowledgebase and Summon’s Indexed Database. The Knowledgebase is where we activate collections (the ejournal A-Z list works off this Knowledgebase, too!). The Indexed Database is what Summon currently searches (as we build Summon, it’ll search more places).

The Indexed Database comes pre-built and is always being added to by Serials Solutions, the company behind Summon. So, it is possible that we may activate a collection in the Knowledgebase that Serials Solutions hasn’t been able to add to the Indexed Database. To clarify, not all collections we’ve activated in the Knowledgebase exist in the Indexed Database and therefore they will not appear in Summon.

Honestly, it’s not as confusing as it sounds. And with over 500 million items in the Indexed Database, odds are what you want is in Summon.

Summon is a search tool that provides fast, relevance ranked results on any topic from the UBC Library collections in a single search.

For more information, please visit

For a list of  eResources newly enabled on Summon, see . Note: articles from ejournals previously enabled on the ejournal A-Z list are already available within Summon.

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