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  1. Create widgets that include limits by publication

    Currently you can create widgets with filters by discipline, content type, etc., but it would be very handy to create widgets that could search within a set of publications--for example, if you could add a query for a string of ISSNs and limit the search to certain highly specialized journals. This would be great for niche fields or some disciplines that are not represented in the list of disciplines (like rhetoric and composition).

    6 votes
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  2. Exclude other libraries' LibGuides from "Add results beyond your library's collections" by default

    The "Add results beyond your library's Collection" facet should by default exclude other libraries' LibGuides so their Circulation, ILL, and other library services LibGuides are not shown to my library's patrons. It is confusing for patrons to search for interlibrary loan only to find dozens of other libraries' LIbGuides.

    46 votes
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  3. Keep search refinements when moving to Advanced search

    Reported by our Business librarians ...

    I lose my search refinements if I jump from search results into advanced. For example, run a default search for something like, apple company profile, then refine it to reports. Click the link to advanced search, change the drop down to Title and press search. The report refinement is gone and has to be selected again.

    If there is a way to keep your existing refinements, I would like that.

    1 vote
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  4. Signature search

    Our users search directly for the signature of a book. It would be a good supplement if this search option were supplemented.

    4 votes
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  5. Altmetric Filter and the ability to sort search results with Altmetric Score

    As often said, Altmetric does not necessarily indicate the absolute value of a paper.
    However, Altmetric is an effective indicator for initial scholars to find interesting papers out of a large amount of search results.
    Through Summon, if users can easily search for documents with Altmetric granted, more use and effect will be expected.

    12 votes
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  6. LC Call Number Browse Relevance Searching

    When searching by LC call number in Summon, it matches to the Cutter number as well as to the LC call number. The default "relevance" ordering doesn't put the call numbers that begin with the LC call number at the top of the list. There isn't a choice to force that ordering. In Alma, it is possible to search by shelf list, so it shouldn't be that difficult to do the same on the public side of a shelf list.

    2 votes
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  7. 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?

    124 votes
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  8. Make combination of "Fulltext Online" and facet "Library Location" results possible

    Many of our patrons are interested in setting the filters to results available in the specific library location they are actually working in. They miss a functionality to combine fulltext results with the specific library holdings.

    14 votes
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  9. 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).

    295 votes
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  10. "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.

    58 votes
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  11. 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.

    50 votes
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  12. Avoid redundancy and outdated data while displaying results

    Availability of "Display latest editions only" and "Remove the duplicates" options.

    7 votes
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  13. 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…

    34 votes
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  14. 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.

    108 votes
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  15. 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.

    107 votes
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    Due to limitations in the metadata associated with some content sources, there are cases where content that is full text is marked as being only an abstract, or where an abstract is marked as full text. Currently the system errs on marking it as full text, which provides some false positives. We could flip the priority which would reduce if not eliminate full-text icons appearing for abstracts, however, this would result in some full text being erroneously marked as abstract only.

  16. 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)

    45 votes
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  17. 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.

    41 votes
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  18. Expand Best Bets Characters to include :

    This would enable best bet recommendations for book and article titles that have a subtitle.

    At the moment tags for best bets have limitations on the types of characters that can he used i.e. letters, numbers or any of the following symbols (-_ .&/'@#). Colons (:) cannot be used. It would be very helpful to be able to use colons because of how common they are in titles. Our zero result usage stats show that our users are searching article titles that include a colon.

    10 votes
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  19. 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

    15 votes
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  20. 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.

    24 votes
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