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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!

    132 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.

      63 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.

        55 votes
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        • Make "Best Bets" show up when tag keywords are present in search, not just when there's an exact match

          Right now, Best Bets show up when there's an exact match on tags, e.g., our job search assistance information shows up when someone searches "jobs" or "job search," etc., but not when someone searches "how can i look for jobs," etc. (unless we anticipate every situation where that tag word might be used). Could the Best Bets be brought up whenever keywords are present in the search, not just when there's an exact match?

          49 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).

            45 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)

              37 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

                36 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.

                  30 votes
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                  • Be able to search Journal/magazine titles consistently

                    It would be really helpful to search for journal/magazine titles like we do books. Sometimes we need the title not the articles within.

                    30 votes
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                    • "Exact" search for certain fields

                      Add the functionality to do an "exact" search on certain fields. For example there are very short titles which can be search much better this way. Also signatures in the LCCallNumber field could be found much easier. We are api users (Backend Summon, Frontend VuFind) and are helping ourselves at the moment with "constructed" values for the (for example) LCCallNumber to simualte the possibility of an exact search - but this is far from optimal.

                      30 votes
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                      • Add "Apply" button at the bottom of the facet selection window

                        Add another "Apply" button at the bottom of the facet section on the left of the Summon screen along with the current location (found at the top of the facet selection).

                        Users have a habit of not applying facets because they forget that they must apply the changes at the top. Typically most "apply" buttons are found at the bottom of filter/facet selections.

                        25 votes
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                        • New Acquisitions listing for our library

                          Our library users have expressed great interest in having access to a New Acquisitions listing for our Library. This would display print books received and eBooks purchased in recent weeks, and would refresh on a regular basis. (It would be a bit different to limiting search results by publication date, as we sometimes purchase older publications).

                          Considering that we already send our catalogue records to Summon, and that we activate new eBook titles via the Client Centre, could there be an option or a facet in the Summon search interface to provide a listing of our new acquisitions?

                          We would…

                          14 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.

                            10 votes
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                            • Create a facet for Abstracts (or Conference Abstracts)

                              Abstracts are currently classified as Journal Articles, which causes confusion as readers are expecting to be able to read the full text of a published article that does not exist. Creating a facet for Abstracts would allow them to be correctly classified and would improve the user experience

                              9 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.

                                7 votes
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                                • Create a method for searching an exact word which does not apply corrected spelling

                                  Create a method for searching an exact word which does not apply corrected spelling. Sometimes there are specific words that are not "normal" spelling which get change to variants and the term you are looking for disappears within a sea of results.

                                  e.g. frocta - a latin word gets changed to frota

                                  and you get 18,000 results - none of them the word we searched upon.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • 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…

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Add Chicago Notes-Bibliography Style as an option for the citation generator.

                                        Chicago Notes-Bibliography (NB) style is the preferred citation style for historians, but Chicago Author-Date is the only option available in the automatic citation generator in Summon. As the formats are noticeably different, it would be useful to have both options available for users to choose from.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Discover the DOIs not registered with CrossRef: problems with searching the italian titles by DOI numbe

                                          It would be really helpful to search for an article or chapter book, edited by italian publisher, through DOI number inside the relative eJournal Portal box or Citation Linker box
                                          Now, if I insert an "italian DOI number" a syntax error is showed or nothing happens (the page remain the same)

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                                          with Casalini - Torrossa, is it possible reach directly the landing page through DOI URL -> ex. http://dx.doi.org/10.1400/209193

                                          with DarwinBooks and RivisteWeb both by il Mulino, the landing page is showed after clicking on a link inside a pop-up page generated by the "mEDRA engine"
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                                          http://dx.doi.org/10.978.8815/145901

                                          3 votes
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