Searching Summon (General Search) is fast and easy but has some limitations. Summon contains content from hundreds of databases which means that it includes articles from most subject areas, however, Summon doesn't include everything so you may be missing out on some articles relevant to your research. Furthermore, Summon lacks many advanced search features that individual databases provide. If you need to do a comprehensive and precise search you should search in specific databases and indexes.
To learn about searching in Summon, watch the following video:
|Tips for Finding Articles
Searching one database at a time can be more time consuming but is also more precise and comprehensive. Advantages of searching within databases include
To find a database in your subject area, look at the Research Guide for your discipline or topic. Research guides are written by subject librarians to bring together the best sources on a subject in one place.
To find the Research Guides, go to the UBC Library homepage and choose Get Research Help. In the drop down list, select Research Guides.
When the Research Guides page displays, enter the general term for your subject, e.g.
physics. You may retrieve more than one guide: choose the guide that seems best for your research, e.g. Engineering Physics
Once inside the research guide, look for a tab labeled Articles or Indexes and Databases or Getting Started. This will provide you with a list of databases you can search for subject specific articles.