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  1. Stop indexing Ebsco "abstract" results so they no longer appear in Summon "Full-Text" Results with broken links

    One persistent problem we have between Summon and EBSCO is abstracts indexed as articles in Summon. Some journals index these abstracts as individual titles, which is why they get pulled into Summon as standalone full text articles, but EBSCO (which is where we have full text) does not index them at all. So not only does the openURL break, if you search for them in EBSCO you often get zero hits. Since we have so much full text in EBSCO, this accounts for a good many of our bad urls in Summon and it is frustrating and confusing for librarians…

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  2. Create a new database named Oxford Scholarly Editions Online - Plato

    We would like that it is added a new database in Summon, named "Oxford Scholarly Editions Online - Plato " in which the texts included in the file and published by Oxford University Press are present.

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  3. Fix book review linking

    There's no consistent format for book review titles appearing in various periodicals. Across the Summon index, one sees entries like:


    • {author name} {book title}

    • {book title}

    • Review: {book title}

    and all manner of different combinations of these elements. Unfortunately, OpenURL linking to destination databases fails unless both sources agree upon the format of the title. Summon describes book review titles one way and it might match some databases, many it will not. Links from Summon to ProQuest databases don't even work consistently (see attachment).

    Summon needs an approach superior to naive OpenURL linking or poorly formed searches using title metadata.…

    49 votes
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  4. Do not allow Book Chapter and Journal Article records to match and merge with each other

    When the Book Chapter facet is applied, in multiple searches the majority of top results listed appear as Journal Article format. My understanding is that this is because Journal Articles an Book Chapters are allowed to match and merge, specifically in order to allow merging of serial monographs. However, many of the top results do not appear to be serial monographs, but actual journal articles. This is confusing for users, and the merges may be causing more frustration than good.

    8 votes
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  5. Keeping stop words as part of phrase searching

    Currently, there is a limitation to phrase searching in that if a stop word appears at the end of a phrase it is dropped. This has greatly affected gender studies researchers specifically, in that the phrase "coming out" is unable to be searched - as "out" is considered a stop word in English. If a researcher is conducting a phrase search, what is included within the quotations should be searched. The idea is that phrase searching should conduct searches on what is within paragraphs regardless of stop words.

    20 votes
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  6. Let 360 Link make use of the EBSCO API

    Have 360 Link make use of the EBSCO API, which would allow 360 Link to do a 'pre-check' for article availability and suppress the full text link if the EBSCO API returns an unavailable status. This EBSCO API option is a feature currently available in Alma but not yet available in 360 Link. It would be great if Summon could take advantage of this API too.

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  7. Match & Merge Duplicates in Video Type

    Match & Merge duplicates in the video Type. They don't do it because "there hasn't been much duplication in video." Well, we have some and they won't merge them. Ideally we should have no duplicates in any type.

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  8. Add DOI registered by other registration agencies than CrossRef to "Citation Trail".

    It seems that recent "Citation trail" is referring DOI registered by CrossRef.
    But there are many publishers and universities in the world which use DOI registered by other registration agencies like JaLC, KISTI, CNKI and so on. It would be beneficial for Summon users in the world if it could be realized.

    35 votes
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  9. Add ability to exclude specific citations from full text rights based on 'advance online' - epub ahead of print - status.

    Add ability to exclude specific citations from full text rights based on 'advance online' - epub ahead of print -status.

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  10. 2 votes
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  11. Make it a higher priority to work with Ebook Central on deduplication, titles missing from Summon etc.

    Some Ebook Central titles do not appear in Summon, while others appear multiple times. Some are not linked with the library's print title. Work with Ebook Central to reduce the incidence of these errors.

    13 votes
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  12. Define content types non-exclusively

    Define content types non-exclusively, i.e., allow multiple content type definitions to apply to a single resource -- for example, the same resource might be both a "catalog" and a "book." Defining it as a "catalog" should not mean it is excluded in a search limited to "books."

    20 votes
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  13. Prioritise published articles over repository content

    Where there is a published version of an article in a journal and the same article in our open access repository, we would like Summon to put the published version first in the search results.

    This request has come from our academics who are concerned that people are choosing the top result (the pre-publication version in our repository) and missing the published version. This is particularly a problem when the repository version is only available on request or has limited access.

    5 votes
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  14. Books that have popular alternative titles (i.e. 'Civil Procedure' = 'The White Book') should be searchable under those titles

    Books that have popular alternative titles (i.e. 'Civil Procedure' = 'The White Book' in most law libraries) should be searchable under those titles. At the very least Summon should prioritise the 246 alternate title field more than it currently does.

    31 votes
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  15. 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.

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  16. French topics be expanded to include other sources even if In other words, in the French language Summon interface, it is currently by desi

    French topics be expanded to include other sources even if we use a French language Summon interface.

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  17. Solving the issue of Inconsistent search results and “disappearing” articles on Summon

    We often find that identical searches performed on consecutive days come up with different numbers of results, and articles found when doing the search on one day don’t appear when doing the search on another day. The explanation we have been given is that it depends which server you hit with your search, but shouldn't the contents of each server be identical? This is especially problematic if you are running a workshop where students are completing a worksheet where they are asked to give numbers of results. The missing content is obviously an issue if you find something useful one…

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