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'Articles and More' is getting an upgrade!

August 11, 2016

On August 24th, Summon (also known as Articles and More) is getting its first major upgrade in three years. Summon is one of the most important tools our patrons use for finding journal articles in particular, so we're excited to see the new version. It will feature:

  • Carefully-tested simplifications that make it easier to search and browse through results;
  • A more attractive and modern look, based on a number of changes to fonts, colors and images;
  • The ability to exclude one or more types of content (such as books, ebooks, or journal articles) with a click of the mouse:
    A screenshot of excluding content types in Summon
  • A more consistent front end -- one that looks the same regardless of the device you're using;
  • A great increase in usability for people using screen readers ( The new release aims to be compliant with both WCAG AA and Section 508 accessibility guidelines);
  • Results information presented in a more logical way in the existing three-column results layout, with citation information presented directly underneath the search result in the middle column;
  • Icons, instead of text links, for the handy 'Cite', 'Save', 'Email', and 'More...' commands. These are repeated below each search result: no need to hover over the search result to carry out these common actions:
    icons of Quote marks, an envelope and a folder
  • The option to click on a 'preview' link below an interesting result to reveal a much more detailed version, including information about other items that contain a reference to it;
  • A simplified date selector to narrow down results by date range, allowing you to instantly choose from three 'pre-canned' date ranges: the past 12 months, three years or five years of search results:
    A screenshot highlighting the date range when searching in summon

The day before the upgrade, we'll be removing Drexel's own customizations to the new software. Then, once the new features are live, we'll reapply our customizations. During the interim, you'll probably notice that the Libraries' usual branding elements (the familiar Drexel images, fonts and colors) will be absent from the site. While adding them back in may take a few hours, it should not disrupt your research in any way.

Thanks for your patience, and we hope you love the new version of Summon.

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