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Welcome! This tutorial will show you how to find resources using Summon.
This guide provides instructions on how to use the website to the right.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to:
Pick the best keywords to use for your search:
How many results did you get?
What format is most popular in the first few results?
How many results did the limiters remove from your original search?
Locate the Publication Date limiter section. You may need to scroll down the page a bit.
Use the slider, calendar icon, or type the appropriate year(s) to limit your results to articles published in the last five years.
How many articles appear in your results now?
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What citation styles are available to choose from?
Return to the library's homepage by clicking the E. H. Butler Library logo in the upper left corner in the Summon results or go to library.buffalostate.edu.
We're going to work with the following topic for this quiz:
Are privacy concerns a threat to social media use?
How many results do you get?
What are some filters you can use to target more specific results?
Under Refine Your Search, apply the Scholarly & Peer-Review limiter and under Content Type, apply the Journal Article limiter.
How many results do you have now?
Let's try narrowing our results even more by modifying our search to include keywords from our topic.
Which Boolean Operator would give you the fewest number of results?
Keep the same search refinements, but change your search by typing or pasting the following into the search box on the Summon results page:
"social media" AND privacy
Make sure to hit enter or click the search icon after you have updated your search.
How many scholarly & peer-viewed journal articles do you have now?
Keeping our research topic in mind:
Are these search results more relevant to our topic?
From the list of results, choose an article that fits the topic.
What is the title of the article?
If we wanted to revise our search again...
What's another keyword we could use instead of privacy?
(You may need to consult a thesaurus or perform a quick web search)
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