Elements of Library Research

Learn the basics of researching at the library.

Library One Search

Have you ever wished that you could find library resources in one place?

Well, now you can. Summon, a new kind of library search engine, is one stop shopping for finding books, ebooks, project reports, articles, patents & more. The Summon search box is front and center on the library web site.

Of course, our many resources are still available for you to search directly.

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If the chat is not available, please feel free to email us at library@wpi.edu or you can make an appointment with a librarian at http://wpi.libcal.com/appointments/ 


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Search Summon for books, articles & more

Summon - Getting Started

Try Summon, a new search tool, to retrieve books, eBooks, articles, project reports, patents and more on your topic. There are 2 main ways to search:

Quickly Refine Searches

Summon Refine Search Options

  • narrow by content type to find only articles, books or WPI project reports
  • filter by library location to find items in the Film Collection or Archives
  • screen for only full text or peer reviewed articles
  • exclude newspaper articles - for some topics, you will find it handy to remove all the news articles that may come up in your results.

When you select "Add results beyond your library's collection" you will find articles and other resources that WPI may not own. Use the FullTextFinder to see options for obtaining the item(s) within Google Scholar or through Interlibrary Loan.

Peer Reviewed or Refeered

What are "peer reviewed or "refereed" journals?

A peer reviewed journal is a special type of publication. Before articles are published within these types of journals, they are sent by the editors of the journal to other scholars in the field ("peers"), often anonymously, to get feedback on the quality of the scholarship, review research methods, as well as relevance or importance to the field. The article may be accepted, often with revisions suggested, or rejected for publication.  

Considered the most respected, researchers wish to have their works published in them. Many often have low acceptance rates. 

To find peer reviewed articles within Summon, notice the option to Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publication.


Finding Books and eBooks within Summon

Looking for just Books and eBooks?

Use the Content Type and/or Library Location limiters.

Save Results & Keep Current with RSS Feeds

Summon Saved Item FolderAdd References to a Folder & Save to Email or Import to Citation Builders

You can tag items and save then to a temporary folder in order to email them or easily export them to citation builders like EndNote Web. 

Keep current with research on your favorite topics by using RSS feeds. Once you do a search and narrow it to your specifications, use the RSS button to add it to your favorite RSS reader. You will then be notified anytime research on that topic is added to Summon.

Should I Use a Specialized Database instead?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and professional researchers will find Summon to be a valuable first place to look for articles, books and other research.

Some researchers will want to delve deeper into the research using databases for their subject area, especially for Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. You can also schedule a meeting with a librarian for one-on-one research assistance.