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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!

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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.

      90 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.

        83 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.

          76 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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                • 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.

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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…

                    45 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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                      • 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.

                        43 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

                          43 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.

                            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)

                              38 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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                                • Partial Summon data loads should be ingested into the index within one to two days

                                  Instead of waiting for a weekend data load to be indexed live on Friday and weekday loads to be indexed live on wednesday, it would be best to have all partial data loads added to the index within 1 to 2 days of submission.

                                  33 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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                                        • 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…

                                          28 votes
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