Finding Books and eBooks

Summon Searching

The library's search tool, Summon, allows you to search for books, journal articles, media, and more with a single search. You can access Summon from the library's homepage.  Also try the Advanced Search.

When searching Summon, consider the following:

Once you have your results:

  • To see only BOOKS click on Book/eBook.
  • To see only JOURNAL ARTICLES click on Journal Article and click on Scholarly & Peer-Review.

Because there will be many results, it is important to narrow your search.

Narrow by:

  • Content Type
  • Discipline
  • Publication Date
  • Subject Terms
  • Language
  • Library Location

When to Use Summon:

From: https://www.library.carleton.ca/summon

The Library catalogue provides a number of ways you can search:    

Keyword Search
Search the Library Catalogue using keywords to find monographs on specific topics
When you find a relevant title, look down the record for SUBJECT.  The Subject terms are the Library of Congress Subject Headings related to this book. This means you can click on these terms to find similar books in the Library. 
Example: Keyword - work team*
Subject heading - Teams in the workplace

Scroll down the keyword search page to get:

Tips for Searching:
Connect keywords using AND.   E.g. corporat* and culture and management
Connect synonyms with OR.   E.g. work or employment or lab*r
Use truncation * to expand results.   E.g. canad* will search Canada, Canadian or Canadians
When using more than one operator, use parentheses to group words.                                                   
Example:  teams in the workplace and (managment or leadership)

Title Search
Use Title to search for monograph or serial titles:
Example: Academy of Management Review

Course Reserves Search
Search by course number or professor's name to locate reserve materials
Example: BUSI 3100

Content last updated: February 14, 2019