There are many things your library can do to make Summon the greatest possible starting point for research.
Have a look around and see some suggestions to help your users quickly and easily discover the breadth of your library and all the incredile resources and services you offer!
If you'd like to provide a LibGuide to your patrons that explains how to use your Summon service -- whatever you call it -- feel free to re-use any of the materials on the For Users page of this LibGuide.
Provide scoped Summon search experiences to meet users' needs wherever they might be.
Let's say you maintain a Physics research guide, and you like the idea of providing a discovery experience that by default is scoped to material related to Physics. Summon Widgets is the tool that will generate the appropriate html code to be placed on any web page.
Customize the way Summon recommends your databases for furthering one's research!
You can provide keyword triggers that tell Summon when to suggest a resource to your users... the Recommender page in your Summon Administration Console is where your library can make customizations:
Best Bets is how places like the National University of Singapore Libraries make their research guides as discoverable as possible:
Has your library already made some Recommender customizations? Consider utilizing the Top Queries usage report available in the Summon Administration Console.... some libraries are finding great value in regularly reviewing top queries to identify further Recommender customizations.
A few reminders so that Summon continues to enable quick and easy discovery of the breadth of your library. To act on any of these items you will need assistance from the Summon adminstrator at your library:
Institutional repositories and other local collections
As your institutional repositories and other local collections evolve, don't forget to consider loading them into Summon. Generally speaking, a collection can be loaded into Summon if it supports the OAI-PMH protocol, or if the collection metadata can be provided in XML, MARC, or tab-delimited text file.
Open access content
The amount of open access content discoverable in your Summon site is up to your library, you can pick and choose which of the indexed resources to expose to your users. You can view the list of open access resources.
Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) resources
Does your library have valuable abstracting and indexing (A&I) resources? Many A&I are indexed in Summon, and therefore many libraries report their A&I resources to Summon so that it knows to include A&I citations in search results. There are of course many A&I resources currently not loaded in Summon, yet these resources can still be effectively exposed to your users via the Recommender feature described on this LibGuide page.
Online, non-textual resources
Is your library providing streaming video collections and other online, non-textual resources? Many such resources are indexed in Summon, and many libraries handle these resources in the same way expressed above regarding Abstracting & Indexing resources. Libraries report these resources to Summon so that the material is as discoverable as possible, in Summon search results and in the Recommender feature.
If your favorite resource is missing from Summon search results, let your Summon administrator know so they can check with ProQuest regarding the possibility of indexing the content in Summon.