Don't limit search results to 200 items
Don't limit search results to 200 items. Many students use Summon as part of their literature review strategy to gather information for dissertations. Removing the limit of only 200 results being returned would allow users to get a far more accurate picture of what is available to them from the literature they are reviewing.
As of the July 2017 release you can now review up to the first 1,000 results. To do this you will need to configure the number of results retrieved at a time from 10 to 25.
We maintain a limit at 1,000 to prevent crawlers from scraping content or overloading the system with traffic.
Barbara Vermaas commented
I gave this idea 3 votes, because for our users who are not very experienced in using filters it is frustrating they cannot scroll through all their results.
Jeremy Evans commented
One of our users complained about this. She was doing a literature review and the search results had 258 results so she wants to know that the other 58 records are. Maybe this should be a configurable option in the admin to choose the maximum number of search results (500 would probably be a more usable limit for us)
Patricia Berens commented
I gave this 3 votes because I agree that as an academic tool, limiting results to 200 is doing a disservice to academic research where one often needs to be very comprehensive in looking at what has already been published on a given topic. Personally, I was asked by a professor to do research on the European Union, covering many different aspects. A large proportion of the search results were relevant, and i got very frustrated by bumping into the 200 result limit. I am an experienced searcher, availed myself of various filters, and ended up having to "game" the system by progressively narrowing the date range so as to pick up more relevant results. The alternate work-around could've been to do 10 individual searches, one aspect of the EU at a time. Either way, not very efficient. And, I was only searching books and e-books. With many libraries using DDA purchasing models, we make a large universe of titles available; then to have the discovery service impose an artificial limit, is counter-productive.