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  1. Add search history and allow searching with sets from the search history

    Filter options and relevance ranking is one way to search, explore and discover, but it has limitations. To combine previous searches is standard in all kind of bibliographic and full text databases and would be a true enhancement. Most professional information specialists lack confident in search systems that only rely on filter and relevance ranking. Give us boolean search using sets from the search history!

    108 votes
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    • Exclude Newspaper Articles and Book Reviews in default basic search

      The ability to configure the exclusions of either newspaper articles, book reviews or both from the default search for an institution. Any search conducted would begin with these excluded, and the user could turn off these filters via the user interface.

      44 votes
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      • More cleary identify between full-text articles and full-text abstracts

        As an electronic resources librarian, I often get patron-confusion reports when they believe they cannot access a full-text article; often enough the full-text of the article is not available online, but the article's abstract is. Icons in Summon often represent these abstracts as full-text articles.

        41 votes
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        • Exclude Content Type Newspaper Article should include Online Newspaper Content

          The Newspaper facet in Summon should also include/exclude online content from newspapers. Online newspaper content is currently coded as a Web Resources

          If you do a search for "Devos education" with newspaper articles excluded, 25 of the first 30 citations are from:

          Washington Post - Blogs

          Washington Post (Online)

          New York Times (Online)

          27 votes
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          • Automatically searching for the corrected spelling

            Google-like searching using misspellings; automatically searching for the corrected spelling with a link to search the original misspelled terms; current behavior presents results using misspelling and link to search on corrected terms

            24 votes
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            • Provide the ability to separate books and ebooks when searching.

              Currently, we cannot search print books only. We can separate ebooks/books if we want ebooks only be either selecting the full text limiter or the electronic books subject limiter. However, we can't do the same for print (hard copy books).

              19 votes
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              • Ability to prioritize databases in the Database Recommender

                We want to prioritize the list of databases in the Database Recommender so that we can emphasize certain databases over others.

                11 votes
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                • Make citation formats customisable

                  We would like to be able to customise the Harvard citation format to our house style, and to add custom citation formats to the list.

                  6 votes
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                  • The publication date filter is currently designed to allow filtering within the last 100 years, insufficient to finding U.S. primary sources

                    The publication date filter is currently designed to allow filtering within the last 100 years. This is insufficient when trying to limit results to find primary source documents, e.g., related to the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1865.

                    5 votes
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                    • multi-site support

                      We are based on 2 physical sites but due to subscription costs and specialisms of some resources, a number of our e-journals are restricted to one site. (the majority are now 2-site licences) - we have included all of them in summmon. Currently these resources show in the Summon search results but users on the other site just get dead links. We would like to be able to record these when we select them for the knowledgebase so users from the non-subscribing site just get a message saying to contact the library whilst users from the subscribing site get full…

                      4 votes
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                      • 3 votes
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                        • Add autocomplete to search widget

                          The widget should make suggestions for words and phrases as the user types into the search box. This should be the same functionality as is present on the default Summon search box.

                          3 votes
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                          • 1 vote
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                            • Add "Search" functionality to Selected Online Resources

                              Add search functionality to Selected Online Resources so users do not have to click through page after page of resources.

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