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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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      Currently reviewing for possible implementations. Main concern is how to manage ongoing access. Currently Summon does not use a user profile or store any personal information. We are reviewing possible ways to give access to users without causing privacy concerns, such as use of a cookie or existing user logins.

    • Add the option to force Summon to load over https

      In October, Google Chrome release 62 will begin labeling any website loaded over http and containing a form (i.e. every library webpage ever) as "Not Secure." You can read more about that here: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html

      We currently have all our links to and search forms use HTTPS to access Summon, but we can't force all our users onto HTTPS. Since the *.summon.serialssolutions.com wildcard certificate covers every instance of Summon, why not add an option to force all Summon connections to use HTTPS? (Or just make it the default.)

      While you're at it, why not add your exlibrisgroup wildcard certificate to your…

      96 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.

          82 votes
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          • Add option to force 360 Link to load over HTTPS

            In October, Google Chrome release 62 will begin labeling any website loaded over http and containing a form (i.e. every library webpage ever) as "Not Secure." You can read more about that here: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html

            We currently route traffic from Summon and other services we control to 360Link over HTTPS, but we can't force all our users onto HTTPS (especially those coming from Google Analytics). Since the *.search.serialssolutions.com wildcard certificate covers every instance of 360 Link, why not add an option to force all connections to use HTTPS? (Or just make it the default.)

            79 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.

              68 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?

                66 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).

                  65 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.

                    57 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.

                      52 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

                        48 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.

                          46 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…

                            46 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)

                              39 votes
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                              • In search results, make the journal title a link that takes you to a "Search Within the Journal" search page

                                This would be similar to clicking on the author name to find additional articles by that author, but with the added "search within" capability.

                                37 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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.

                                      34 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.

                                        34 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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