Start Searching Summon

Summon is the library's Google-like search engine that provides fast, relevancy-ranked results through a single search box.

Why is it so special?
It searches across the Online Library collection removing the need to scroll through lots of databases with meaningless titles (Academic Search Complete, Abi/Inform) wondering which one will return results.

So how do you use summon? In 3 simple steps…..

  1. Enter the search terms into a Summon search; you can select Advanced Search options from the results page.
  2. Refine results by criteria such as date, subject, academic journals and other options.
  3. View results, and link direct to full text or more details.

Note: All Online Library resources are password-protected. This is to stop unauthorized use of our subscription resources.

If the article you want is not on the first page of results, try putting quotation marks around the title for example, “ The role of affective experience in work motivation”.

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Databases you cannot search using Summon

Summon searches across most of the databases provided by the Online Library, but there are some which cannot be indexed in Summon. To access these, select a database from the list below and then click the 'Login' button on the database page.


HeinOnline (journals and a range of other content are in Summon, but not cases)

Historical texts

Kluwer Law Online (Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers)

Kluwer Law Online (EC Tax Review and Intertax)

Lexis+ (journals and newspapers are in Summon, but not cases)



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Reference

Philosophers Index 

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy



vLex Justis

Westlaw (cases, books and some journals are not in Summon)