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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!

    109 votes
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    • Add a custom JS/CSS field to simplify UI customization

      If you want to apply custom CSS currently, you need to use the Summon 2.0 External Script URL field in the Admin Consol, then call the CSS from that script. The files then need to be hosted somewhere. A better solution for us would be to incorporate a custom JS/CSS field in the Summon Admin Console to allow you to directly enter your script or CSS; or a file upload facility like the Springshare products (see attached screenshot from the LibGuides admin area). This would speed up our ability to fix issues and make usability changes.

      52 votes
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      • Add public note text to Summon results

        Display public note text onSummon results to show users access restrictions or special instructions that users should be aware of before clicking on an eResource link. This same info on the preview pane may be an option.

        51 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.

            42 votes
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            • Ability to add customizations and links in the right pane

              Ability to add a tile in the right hand column with custom headline, text, links and images. Allow for these to be persistenst or to be triggered by tags.

              39 votes
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              • Better Facet controls

                The ability to set expand or collapse as default by facet; ability to add facets, remove facets and change facet order

                38 votes
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                • Summon results not displaying custom coverage dates

                  On Summon results, show custom coverage dates next to links so researchers know what they should have access to before clicking on an e-Resource. The EJP seems to do this. Without this feature this is causing much frustration and confusion for users.

                  37 votes
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                  • Displaying all links available in Summon results page

                    We would like to suggest ExLibris to enhance in Summon results page by displaying all fulltext links subscribed in the knowledgebase. Having only one fulltext link available when there are multiple sources available to choose from can help maximize the use of the library’s resources and most important offer users a solution when the 1st link presented doesn’t work. EJP is already doing this.

                    It’s kind of a problem also. The situation happened this week when the Proquest research platform was experiencing connectivity issue and performed a temporary maintenance. Because Proquest fulltext links are direct linking, the user was not…

                    31 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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                      • Integrate LibGuides Database A-Z list into Summon search

                        We add all our databases and library resources as Best Bets so that users can find them when they search Summon. This doesn't work particularly well as the Best Bets search and display functionality is minimal.

                        We also maintain a complete Database A-Z list in LibGuides. It would save staff time and provide a better user experience if these could be indexed in Summon using the LibGuides API (as our LibGuides are indexed in Summon), instead of relying on Best Bets which isn't suited to this task.

                        26 votes
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                        • Bring back the "preview" visible on hovering over the title

                          Our users really miss being able to see the preview in the right-hand pane when they hover over the title in their search results. Please bring it back, or last make this optional!

                          25 votes
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                          • Create system agnostic ways to integrate with the UI e.g. chat and readings

                            At the moment, you have to cross your fingers and hope ProQuest/ExLibris partner with the system you want integrated. For example Summon supports LibraryH3lp, Springshare's LibAnswers or OCLC's QuestionPoint chat widgets. We use a different system. I would like to see fields in the Admin console that are not provider specific. e.g. Enter your chat widget code here. Similarly we would like to see integration with our course readings system. That system has APIs that would allow us to link out to lists based on a course/unit code search. It would be great if there was a way to introduce…

                            24 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).

                                22 votes
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                                • Make facets user friendly

                                  We would like the facets in Summon to work more in the way they do in Primo. In Primo the included or excluded facets are shown above the search results in little boxes with an easy to understand cross to remove them. Similar solutions are used on several database platforms, so our users would recognize how to use the feature without thinking too much.

                                  In Summon it’s not intuitive to remove a chosen facet. If you have included a facet and want to remove it and you hoover over the text, you are tempted to click on the red dot…

                                  17 votes
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                                  • Add Cite Them Right as option for exporting citations

                                    Cite Them Right is a citation service similar to Citace.com and EasyBib that is gaining popularity. To support individuals and institutions who want this option, we would add this option where other citation services are currently offered in Summon. Institions should be able to choose to turn this on or off as an option. It should be included as an option under the Export To lists found in the menu behind the elipses (...) menu for each search result. It should also be available as an option for Export To in the Saved Items folder.

                                    15 votes
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                                    • More Topic Pane configurations

                                      The ability to turn components of the Topic Pane on or off, configure the order, and customize the background color and font. Components include Reference Content, Suggested Librarian, Recommended Topics.

                                      15 votes
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                                      • Making available a list of the resources indexed in Summon Index

                                        It would be great to have an up-to-date list of what is in the Summon Index. Or have a new column in the Center Center for each database, indicating if it is in the Index or not.
                                        Today, when we select a database as "subscribed" in the Client Center, we are not sure whether this database is in the Summon Index or not. So we have to check in Summon by clicking "Add results beyond your library's collection" and see what shows up in the results. This is tedious.

                                        14 votes
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                                        • Ability to add Google Tag Manager information instead of Google Analytics

                                          Google Tag Manager is a Google Analytics toolf ro managing multiple tags for a single page or site. The ability to add the Google Tag Manager to the institution's site via the admin console.

                                          13 votes
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