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  1. Offer the option of having the library location facet expanded by default

    We would like to be able to have the libraries under LIBRARY LOCATION visible by default on the Summon results page

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    • open the "search within a journal" results in a new tab or window

      Clicking on a journal title to use the "search within a journal" feature eliminates the original search. It would be helpful to have this open as a search in a new window or browser tab so that the original search is not lost.

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      • Consistent link back to search results

        The user leaves the search result and goes to detail page, advanced search or saved items. Then when the user wants to return to search results this is done in three different ways. We would like the link back to search results look the same in all three situations. The one we prefer is the one in the detail page.

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        • Display edition and publication year in brief results, for books and ebooks

          I have been told by Ex Libris support that Summon only exposes the edition in the short summary for records that have a content type of 'Book'. This makes it difficult for patrons to determine which edition is the most recent, where both books and ebooks are available. See attached image for an example of how both can be displayed, to reduce confusion.

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          • filter results by vendor and/or database name

            The ability for Summon to filter results by vendor and/or database name (IEEE, ProQuest, Taylor...).

            6 votes
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            • Include Oxford Reference content in the Topic Explorer

              Oxford is an important reference source that would add scope and value to the topic explorer.

              4 votes
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              • ability to add custom announcements to main page of our summon instance

                ability to add custom announcements to main page of our summon instance. For example, a planned outage for 360 services

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                • Include the journal impact factor in the results display

                  To help our students judge the quality of the results it would be good if the journal's impact factor could be displayed in the results. Or even better, provided as a sorting or limiting option so that students could view results in those journals with the highest impact factor, in the same way they can limit by peer review. Although impact factors are not a perfect tool, it would help get the message across that not all journals are equal. This feature would probably need to be restricted to those libraries with a subscription to JCR.

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                  • Customising LibGuides integration so they only appear in the right-hand column and not in the results

                    We are just looking into integrating our LibGuides with Summon, but we would like to just have the librarian and guide link appearing in the right-hand panel and not at the top of the search results. It doesn't appear to be possible to have one without the other at present. Although we would like to promote our guides, we don't want to distract the students from their results by making them the top result. Please vote if you would find this useful too!

                    12 votes
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                    • Better Summon display for serial publications

                      In Summon, series titles and volume numbers are not being displayed for publications from monographic series with content type such as ebook, book, and Government Document. To display the series title and volume number, users have to click on the Preview link.

                      Users often identify or search series publications by the title and number of the series and not necessarily by the title of the monograph publication within that series. This is particularly true with grey literature or when a publication is being published annually or periodically under the same or very similar title. By not showing this information on…

                      24 votes
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                      • Add a French Dictionary/Encyclopedia (3rd search results pane)

                        As a francophone (French-speaking) library, we would like to be able to add an authoritative dictionary/encylopedia whose topics can be displayed in the 3rd search results pane. Much like Wikipedia and other encyclopedias.....

                        Suggestions - Universalis.fr, Larousse.fr, etc.

                        5 votes
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                        • Include PMID in Advanced search

                          Add PMID explicitly as an option under Advanced Search along with DOI and others. PMID is heavily used by health sciences fields.

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                          • Indicate when content is freely available (but not tracked)

                            When searching with 'add results beyond your library's collection' ticked, all non-tracked content is labelled 'Citation Only'. However some of this content is in fact freely available, for example lots of content in institutional repositories.

                            Summon should have a way to indicate that content may be freely available even when not tracked, for content in non-tracked open access journals or open repositories. If it's too difficult for Summon to know when something is available, maybe we could have a third label (other than 'full text online' and 'citation only') for content from repositories where there is a high probability of…

                            9 votes
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                            • Primo Style Search Profile

                              We would love to see a feature similar to the Primmo Search Profile (https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Primo/Product_Documentation/Primo_VE/010Configuring_Search_Profiles) included in Summon. As a Summon over Alma customer, we would love to more easily be able to link out to WorldCat, highlight our Course Reserves, and more.

                              4 votes
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                              • Summon Advanced Search for Courses and Instructors

                                It would be great to have "instructor" and "course" fields as an advanced search for patrons via Summon/Alma, as we currently offer that option as part of Voyager.

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                                • Add ability to share via SMS items in "Saved Items" folders

                                  Please add the ability to share via SMS items saved to "Saved Items" folders, (either temporary or permanent folders). Right now it seems we are limited to using Print and Email. SMS would be helpful for quick transactions, and finding items in the physical collection.

                                  See this support page and the attached mockup image for more detail.
                                  https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Summon/Product_Documentation/Searching_in_The_Summon_Service/Using_Results/Summon%3A_Saving_Items_(Citations)

                                  Thanks for considering this idea.
                                  -Chris

                                  4 votes
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                                  • 11 votes
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                                    • Add a Searchable Author Affiliation Index for Summon (Advanced Search)

                                      Most commercial databases offer a searchable author affiliation index. Summon does not in the Advanced Search screen, nor is this information indexed in the Author field contents.

                                      Since they must already have this information in their records, why not create a separate searchable index for Author Affiliation??

                                      For our current awareness, we would like to create RSS feeds for journal articles written by professors from other engineering universities.

                                      Thanks!

                                      21 votes
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                                      • Make OA Content excludable

                                        Right now you can include OA content, which we like. But can we make a way to exclude it for the users who get confused when they expect to see an article and (for most OA articles) are dropped at the home page of the website?

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Support the use of French boolean operators

                                          Searching using the French boolean operators - et/ou/sauf -- is not currently fully supported in Summon. This would be a useful addition to those libraries who provide a French interface to their instance of Summon.

                                          34 votes
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