When looking up books with the Summon system, it would be extremely helpful if the program would show the description of the book. Right now, it shows the subjects and categories, but it does not show the actual description of the book (i.e., what is on the back cover or inside flap). This would make it easier when conducting research to discern if the book was relevant to the specific project one was working on.
Thank you for your suggestion. We agree that it is helpful for the researcher to be able to see as much about a book as possible when browsing the catalog. Many of the books listed in Summon that are owned by the Libraries include descriptive information, which you can view by clicking the Preview link beneath the title.
There is another option available for books that don’t have descriptive information in Summon. Clicking on the book will bring you to our local Classic Catalog, where you will find the full entry for the book. This listing frequently includes a cover image and links to descriptive information, reviews, previews from Google Books, etc. You can also use the virtual “Browse This Shelf” to peruse nearby items.
Hope this helps!