To obtain books which our library or Ohiolink do not own you must place Interlibrary loan requests online. Please allow yourself plenty of time when placing an ILL request.
The Summon unified discovery service allows you to quickly search, discover and access reliable and credible library content. It goes beyond next-generation catalogs to create an all-new service for libraries. Through one simple search, it provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that's the hallmark of great libraries — digital and print, audio and video, single articles and entire e-journals, and every format in between. Enter your terms in one search box, and quickly get credible results in one relevancy-ranked list.
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. 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.
If you are working on a topic which the library may own a documentary about it is possible to refine your searches further. 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). In most instances do not limit to only DVD format, instead you should select 'either' as this will locate DVD's and 1/2 inch VHS tapes.
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.