Consort is the combined library catalogs of Kenyon College, the College of Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Denison University.
The Ohiolink central catalog is a 90+ library consortium for the use of students in Ohio. Materials held in Ohiolink circulate freely among institutions, with the exception of many periodical titles, rare items held in Special Collections rooms and reference books. Items requested by patrons should arrive within a week of the initial request and may be renewed by the patron as needed. Some multimedia items only circulate for a one week period and may not be renewed.
Summon is the new database which combines many (but NOT all) of our electronic resources. At this time Summon does not include the Ohiolink catalog. Summon is similar to using Google Scholar. The patron must create a search string which best describes their research focus. If you create too broad a search string you will be will be overwhelmed by the number of citations the database will find. A very narrow search string may frustrate the researcher.
If you find yourself intrigued by the availability of Summon please feel free to use the database and consult with a librarian when you have a question.
1. Gather a list of useful words or terms from lecture notes and/or assigned readings to begin your research in the CONSORT/Ohiolink web catalog and online journal indexes. Books owned by other Consort libraries may be requested and will be sent here in 3-4 working days. Materials requested from Denison may arrive in 1 or 2 days, depending on the day you order the item. If you cannot locate materials on your subject or all of the CONSORT copies are checked out, you should search the Ohiolink online card catalog for additional materials. Books, and some bound volumes of journals, may be requested from the Ohiolink catalog using your barcode on the back of your student ID.
2. Interlibrary Loan requests, for journal articles or books not in Consort or Ohiolink, may be filled out using our online form, if you need assistance filling out the form based on a citation you found or have a question about a journal abbreviation, etc. just stop by the Reference Desk for assistance. Everyone has to create an ILIAD account to submit an Interlibrary Loan requests. Select a password which is easy to remember, but not the same as your network or email account (the password does not change every 6 months as our network accounts do at present). Your ILIAD account will remain yours to use during your career at Kenyon.
3. Suggestion: Begin your research in Consort using simple WORD searches and take notes on the various subject headings listed for books which you find. If you prefer to use proper SUBJECT HEADING searches, consult the appropriate volume of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (a copy is available at the Reference Desk). Subject headings often carry over for use in journal indexes and so it is useful to keep a running list of terms you glean from databases and indexes.
4. It is possible to refine your searches further if you are looking for video recordings or sound recordings, to mention just two limiting features. From a general search page select the 'limit/sort' or 'modify search' button at the top of the search screen and then click on the relevant search option(s).
One search may help you access most print and electronic journal articles, books and multimedia materials on your topic. Researchers who rely only on Summon may be unaware of the value of bibliographies in books or articles not currently available online including small press publications.