Summon searches the library's print and online materials AND most content from our online databases. It is helpful to use when you are just starting out with your research, you don't know which database to look in, or you already know which resource you're looking for.
Some books we have access to may not show up in Summon. To find books, we recommend also exploring our catalog (see below) or e-book databases.
*Tip: It can be helpful to use search terms in your target language.
See below for the box "Finding Books in the Library."
The UMSL Catalog searches books and other materials owned by UMSL. Results will include print books at Thomas Jefferson Library and the Mercantile Library, e-books, materials held at the depository in Columbia (available for request), and more. Use the options above the search bar to search by keyword, title, author, etc. Use the red "Refine by..." button to view additional filtering options. You may also find the advanced search easier to navigate.
Find a print book that you'd like to put on hold? Use the gray Request button.
Searches books and other materials owned by UMSL and the other campuses in the UM system (Columbia, Kansas City, and S&T [formerly Rolla]).
All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to request materials from MERLIN and have them delivered (for free!) at the Thomas Jefferson Library public service desk. Use the gray Request button to place your hold.
Searches books and other materials owned by UMSL, other campuses in the UM System, and other libraries in the MOBIUS consortium throughout and beyond the state of Missouri.
All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to request materials from MOBIUS and have them delivered (for free!) at the Thomas Jefferson Library public service desk. Use the gray Request It button to place your hold.
Books in the library are organized with the Library of Congress (LOC) system, which puts books about similar topics together.
Each book is assigned a call number, a combination of letters and numbers which tells you where to find the book on the shelf. You can find the call number by locating the book record on the library website; it is also on the spine of the book. You can find the book record by locating the title in Summon or the UMSL/MERLIN catalog (see above).
To find a book on the shelf using the online book record:
If you get stuck finding a specific book, please ask for help at the front desk!
French students may find the following sections useful: