Quick Search?Summon Introduction
Summon / Quick Search is a single-box search tool that covers multiple library resources simultaneously, allowing you to find a wide variety of materials in a single search.  Quick Search is helpful when first starting your research, and for researching broad topics.
1 - Getting Started
To use Quick Search, navigate to the library home page and enter your search terms in the search box:
2 - Navigating the Search Results
When you click the search button, a list of records that match your search terms will appear.  The last line of each result shows what type of resource it is, such as book,  e-book, journal,  journal article, video recording, etc.  
3 - Refining Your Results
Clicking on the title of a search result will bring you to the detail page for that record.
 
The appearance of a detail page will vary depending upon the type and origin of the resource.  The image on top shows the detail page of a book owned by the Sage College Library, on the bottom is a journal article found in EBSCO.


If full text is available online, a link to a PDF and/or HTML version of the resource will appear on the page.
4 - The Record Detail Page
Clicking on the title of a search result will bring you to the detail page for that record.
 
The appearance of a detail page will vary depending upon the type and origin of the resource.  The image on top shows the detail page of a book owned by the Sage College Library, on the bottom is a journal article found in EBSCO.


If full text is available online, a link to a PDF and/or HTML version of the resource will appear on the page.
5 - Saving Citations
You can save relevant search results by clicking on the folder icon to the right of a record.  This will add a citation of the record to a list.  This list can be emailed, exported or printed.

6 - Using Advanced Search
Using Advanced Search gives you more control over your search results.  From the library homepage, click on the Quick Search and then Advanced Summon Search in the box that appears.




Advanced Search allows you to use multiple search boxes and Boolean logic to create compound searches, which allows for greater control and refinement of your results.


You can also place limits on your results prior to searching.  There are multiple ways to limit your search - you can also expand your search to include items from outside the library’s collection.
 

 
Our Database and Catalog Searching guide teaches you how to construct complex search strings using Boolean logic.          
 

 
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Research Apps & Tools
There are numerous apps and tools that are designed to assist students with research. The following is a short list of helpful tools.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.

Evernote is an app that makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.

OmmWriter is an app for Mac, PC and iPad that allows you to create a distraction-free writing envionment no matter where you go.

Pomodora Technique Timer is a time management method which uses a timer to break down work into periods of 25 minutes. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.

Trello is an easy way to organize anything from your day-to-day work, to a favorite side project, to your life plans. It is also a great tool for organizing collaborative projects.
 

Citation Management Tools

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help organize your research, collaborate with others online and discover the latest research.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help collect, organize, cite and share research sources.
Citing cources

Online Citation Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site"

Print copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library. We also have electronic copies for select style manuals.

AMA Manual of Style
Chicago Manual of Style