Summon is the library’s search engine, which enables a simultaneous search of QCAT and many of the library’s online collections from a single search box. Summon contains everything found in QCAT, plus online full-text content available from the Library's many subscription resources including articles, journals, conference proceedings, digital primary source material, electronic books and newspapers, theses and dissertations, multimedia and more.
Executing a basic search in Summon (which is the default search) will return results that pick up your topic words anywhere in the item’s record (title, author, publisher, table of contents) and in the case of articles, somewhere in the article's full text.
Use the Advanced search option in Summon to execute a more precise search (eg. author, keywords in title, date range of publication, etc.), and/or apply a limit to what search results will be returned (such as format type, scholarly materials, items in QCAT only).
Summon Search Tips
Queen's Library subscribes to many electronic book collections. Most individual book titles are listed in QCAT and Summon, but you can also search the collections directly. The following are particularly strong in gender studies related topics:
e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection
Specializes in humanities and social sciences titles published by Duke University Press. One of the best collections for sexual and gender diversity research.
Ebook collection from Canadian and international academic publishers.
Scholars Portal Books
Ebooks available from commercial publishers (such as Springer, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Elsevier), Canadian publishers (including Canadian university presses), government and non-governmental organizations.