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Summon Discovery Service Adds Database Recommender Feature

ProQuest's Serials Solutions ( has added a new feature to its Summon web-scale discovery service that leads searchers to specialized databases in a library's collection, beyond the indexed content of a library's books and articles. Now, a user's Summon search will return the specific books and articles that are relevant along with a list of recommended databases to consult for additional pertinent information.

"Database Recommender addresses an issue that plagues all discovery solutions, whether it's web-scale discovery or federated search or something in between: the inability to access all of the electronic content a library holds in a single search," said Jane Burke, senior vice president, Serials Solutions. "This database discovery function points users to specialized resources that can assist their research, whether they're indexed by Summon or not. By highlighting these sources for researchers, Summon is able to provide the best search experience possible, inspiring users to return to the library for every research task."

Through the Summon service, users are able to use a single entrance to a library's collections, searching all formats in one integrated and instant search. This latest feature showcases sources that don't lend themselves to be indexed by any service-such as dynamic or statistical databases-but make the library so well fitted to its academic community. In keeping with Summon's uncomplicated interface, recommendations are integrated in the results screen and a mouse click takes users to the resource's homepage.

Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is the global leader in e-resource access and management services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. The company introduced the Summon service to provide instant access to the full breadth of the library's collection through a single search. Rather than federated search, the Summon service is powered by a massive single index that enables subsecond searches and completely unbiased results.

Source: Serials Solutions

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