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Library Research Skills for Land and Food Systems

How to find books using Summon - Keywords

So, how do you find books and eBooks on your research topic? Use Summon, beginning with keywords from your research question. Let's try a search for information about food security in Canada. To search for a phrase, put each keyword inside quotations. This will tell Summon to search for the words together (as a phrase) rather than separately.

Refine Your Search by Content Type

Refine a Summon search to books/eBooks

Content type will limit your results to a specific format only.Selecting the title will open the record of the book that contains important location and citation information.

Once you have a results list, you'll notice that a search returns many different types of material. Therefore, you will need to refine your search to books/ebooks. Use the Content Type limiter on the left-side of the screen. To limit your search result to ebooks only, click on Full Text Online.

Click on the title of the book. This will open the full record and includes important information including the location: the library branch and call number if it is a print book or a link to the online book, if it is an ebook.