Announcing a Drupal Module for Searching Summon via API
June 03, 2011
The University of Michigan Library's Web Systems department built a Drupal module for searching Serials Solutions' Summon product using the Summon API. Developed by Web System's lead developer, Albert Bertram, the Article Discovery module conducts searches in Summon, replicating much of the search functionality offered by Summon's native interface. It presents search results with facets, offers an advanced search, and allows users to export selected records to EndNote, RefWorks, or a simple citation list that can be emailed.
You can see the Article Discovery module in action on the University of Michigan Library web site. Simply type your query in the search box and click "Go."
The Article Discovery module requires a Summon API key, Drupal 6, PHP version 5.x, and a copy of the Summon API library for PHP to operate. The module provides a configuration page, a search results page, and blocks for displaying a search box and a facet box. Though the Article Discovery module will work in a generic Drupal theme, you will likely need some customization to fit cleanly into your library's existing site.
The Article Discovery module is available for installation: http://drupal.org/sandbox/bertrama/1119778. We look forward to hearing your experiences when using this module. Please provide feedback through the Drupal site or by contacting us directly.