Library Search FAQs

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Launching a Project to Improve the Online Search Experience and Make Library Resources More Discoverable 

On June 29, 2017, the Libraries, under the leadership of Director of Library Technology and Knowledge Management, David Lacy, will launch the Library Search to replace Summon and the library catalog (known as Diamond). Beginning in June, this new search will be the gateway to discover books, journal articles, newspapers, archival material, images, library research guides, and much more. Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the Libraries will solicit feedback from library patrons and continue to develop and build upon a new discovery environment. Based on the feedback and development work, an enhanced version including additional resources will be launched in June of 2018 along with a new website in anticipation of moving into Temple’s extraordinary new library building.

What is the Library Search?

The Library Search is your gateway to discover books, journal articles, newspapers, archival material, images, library research guides, and much more. It replaces Summon and Diamond.

When will the Library Search launch?

The Library Search will launch on June 29th, 2017. At that time, Summon and Diamond will no longer be available.

What do I need to know before June 29th?

For faculty, students, and staffAs part of this launch, saved lists, preferred searches, and reading histories in Diamond will go away on June 29th. If you use these opt-in features, export now!
For faculty: Links to library resources may change. This may include those that you have saved in Blackboard/LCMS+. Please check back over the summer for further updates.

What will the Library Search include?

The library search includes the following collections:

  • Library Catalog: books, e-books, journals, videos/DVDs, sound recordings, government documents, materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, etc.

  • Articles & Full-Text: hundreds of millions of journal articles, e-books, newspapers, and other resources available online

  • Local Digital Collections: digitized images and text from the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, electronic theses and dissertations, etc.

You can search all these collections simultaneously or individually. Other materials included in the Library Search are research guides and databases

Will I still have access to the same materials?

There will be no changes to the Temple University Libraries collections. In fact, you will be able to search more easily for these materials using the Library Search. In addition, material from other libraries will also remain available via E-ZBorrow and ILLiad interlibrary loan services, and other library databases will continue to be accessible, including those for more subject-specific searching.

Where will I find books and videos (previously in Diamond)?

You will still be able to search for books and videos using the search tabs on the Libraries' homepage. You can also choose to search everything in the Library Search and then limit your results to books or videos.

Where will I find journal titles? How will I access Journal Finder?

You will still be able to search for journals using the search tab on the Libraries' homepage. You will also be able to search for journals by title in the Library Search, either using the main search or the new version of Journal Finder. The new Journal Finder will be accessible through the Library Search and from other parts of the library website.

Do I need to update my items in Ares Course Reserves?

No, items in Ares will be unaffected by the launch of the Library Search.  

What features will be included in the Library Search?

Many of the features available in Summon and Diamond are included in the Library Search. You can:

  • Search and browse our collections

  • Refine and limit your search results

  • Log into your library account

  • Renew checked-out items

  • Request items from other libraries

  • Save a list of items from your search results

  • Export search results to email and citation management tools

You will also have different options for advanced searching, including new ways to filter your search results.

How will the Library Search be different from Summon?

Library Search will search across all the Temple University Libraries collections at once, including books, articles, journals, and the Libraries' digital collections, and will incorporate information previously found only in Diamond. With the Library Search, it will be easier and faster to identify what you are looking for and how to get it.

How can I get involved?

We will be reaching out to library patrons and asking for input. You can help by using the system and giving feedback after the launch on June 29th. Check the Libraries' website over the summer for more information.