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    Summon: Summon Topics

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    What are Summon Topics, and how do we set them up for our patrons?

    December 15, 2016 Update: Added JapanKnowledge as a resource supported by Summon Topics.
    Summon Topics are available to those libraries using the Summon 2.0 interface and features.
    This page is part of a larger set of documentation about the Summon Topic Explorer.

    Summon Topics are authoritative terms used for many common areas of research. Each topic is accompanied by a relevant encyclopedia or reference source entry that introduces the user to basic information about the subject.
    If a user s query maps to a Summon Topic, reference content displays within the Topic Explorer on the right side of the Summon results page. The below screenshot shows a search on heart attack, with Myocardial Infarction (the Summon Topic) displaying on the right side:

    How Summon Topics Work

    When a user sends a search to Summon, the Topic Explorer maps the query to one of the available Topics. This ensures that when the user does not know all the right keywords to use, Summon is able to provide the relevant topic. Tens of thousands of topics are currently available in the below languages. The number of available languages and the number of topics will continue to grow:
    • Chinese
    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Spanish
    • Swedish

    The language of the Summon user interface is the language that topics display in. For example a user in the Chinese interface will be presented with Chinese topics. The Summon service is, however, building topic matching in any language supported by Summon Topics. Currently this functionality exists when searching English terms when the interface is set in any of the above languages. For example, a search on heart attack in the German Summon user interface will generate the Summon Topic Myokardinfarkt. Myokardinfarkt is the German word for myocardial infarction, the Summon Topic that has been mapped to the search term heart attack.

    Summon Topics come from a variety of sources, currently including:
    • Credo Reference
    • Encyclopedia Britannica
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • JapanKnowledge
    • Wikipedia
    • World Book
    Currently non-English topics are available through JapanKnowledge and Wikipedia; non-English topics are not available from the other subscription resources above.

    Topics selected for inclusion in the Summon Topics feature are topics that relate to popular Summon searches across all libraries. A common Summon search that does not have an encyclopedia entry is not included in Summon Topics.

    Utilizing the subscription resources above as Summon Topics are available to subscribing libraries who have added the resource to Data Management in their Client Center or Intota profile. A list of supported subscription databases and their database codes in our Knowledgebase is available by contacting the Support team via the Support Portal (accessible via the More Sites drop-down menu at the top of this page).
    • Note that JapanKnowledge and World Book will not start displaying as Summon Topics until our Support team applies an activation step; use the Support Portal to request activation of either of these resources. The other subscription resources listed above do not require this additional step.
    Wikipedia is available to all libraries; it does not need to be added to a library's Client Center profile.

    How to Customize Summon Topics

    Use the Support Portal option at the top of this page to request customization in the following way(s):

    Prioritization of Sources

    By default, Summon retrieves reference content in the following order:
    1. Credo Reference (if the library has a subscription)
    2. Encyclopedia Britannica (if the library has a subscription)
    3. Gale Virtual Reference Library (if the library has a subscription)
    4. JapanKnowledge (if the library has a subscription)
    5. World Book
    6. Wikipedia

    You can request prioritization of the above sources in any order.

    Removal of Sources

    You can request that any of the sources be hidden. Summon automatically will hide a source for which you do not have a subscription.

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 15-Dec-2016
    • Old Article Number: 8857
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