Summon:  ’Drive-thru searching.  No waiting.’*
New at the Library!

Summon searches nearly everything!

Not sure where to start looking for information?  Tired of having to look in multiple databases in order to find relevant articles?  Frustrated with Google Scholar’s links to nowhere?

Drew Library users now have a powerful new tool for finding reliable information.  With a user-friendly, Google-like interface, Summon/Drew Library searches across databases, including the Library Catalog, and returns results quickly and easily. 

Summon searches full-text where available, and retrieves and ranks relevant hits.  Using it, you can refine your search by type of resource, date, and subject terms, which allows you to narrow your results and locate the most relevant material.  And since Summon is searching Library resources, you can trust them!

The Library asked for user feedback, and comments were positive:

  • “I appreciate how Summon allows me to look at most of the resources that the library is able to provide in one search.”
  • “Straight-forward, with excellent ‘refine search’ options.  Not as confusing or ‘bulky’ as others I’ve seen.”
  • “I liked its simple layout and instructions.”
  • “Much better than clicking/using multiple search engines.”

We’re eager to see how our students and faculty use Summon/Drew Library!  You can find the Summon search box on the Library’s pages (  We’re asking for feedback, so take it for a spin, and let us know what you think.

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