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Summon is the best way to search for articles at Dartmouth.  This searches across lots of databases all at once.

  • Summon's default search does not limit items to articles only. Type in your search terms and limit 'CONTENT TYPE' to "Journal Articles."
  • Save relevant items to a session folder, which disappears after you navigate away from Summon.  You can email this folder of citations to yourself for later use. 
  • Click 'Add results beyond your library's collection' to discover content from tens of thousands of journal titles not in the Dartmouth catalog. If you find a journal article you want but which isn't owned by Dartmouth, you can get a digital copy of the article through DartDoc. It usually only takes 1-7 days to get articles this way.
  • A NOTE ABOUT SEARCHING FOR MUSIC MATERIALS USING SUMMON: Music materials are often in foreign languages.  Titles of pieces and names of composers may be spelled differently by scholars from countries outside of the U.S.  If you are writing on a topic which is outside of the realm of American/Anglospheric music, you should accompany your search in Summon with a search using one of the indexes of journals below.  Summon searches across all formats, but it is better to search for scores using the Library Catalog (or WorldCat if you need something that is not owned by Dartmouth.)


What is an index and why should I care?

In essence, an index is a list of resources and where to find them, often with short descriptions of each resource. Indexes are good to use if you have already searched Dartmouth's collections and can't find enough material on your topic.  Periodical indexes are also helpful if you have a general topic (e.g. vocal music of the 18th century, music in Ghana, conducting techniques) but aren't sure what the scholarly conversation around the topic is like.  Using an index, you can find a journal on the general topic, read a few articles, and gain a quick understanding of what's going on in the field.