Summit Catalog User Guide and Help Sheet

File description


Checking your request status


Limiting a search



Marking records


Search tips

Library ownership

Contact information

Searching from PacCat

Requesting materials

Replacement costs

Replacement costs

The Orbis Cascade Alliance charges $75 for each item which is not returned.

Contact information: If you have any questions regarding Summit, please contact:

Forest Grove Hillsboro

Elaine Bortles (weekdays 8-5)


Michael Farris


Stephanie Miller



Alisha Taylor



FILE DESCRIPTION: Summit is a library catalog that combines information from 33 academic libraries from the area into a single unified database from which you may search for and borrow materials.


  1. You may want to open a new window to work alongside this help sheet by selecting File and then New from your browser's menu.
  2. Type in the Library's URL location: <>.
  3. Click on Summit, listed next to Catalogs, on the Library's homepage.


Author: An author search will scan only the author field from each record.
  1. Click on Author from Summit's main page.
  2. Enter author's name last name first OR
  3. Enter the government agency, organization, country, or conference name you desire into the text box.
  4. Click on Search.
Government Document Number: A government document search will search records for the desired GovDoc Number.
  1. Click on Other Searches from Summit's main page.
  2. Click on Government Document Number. Enter all of the desired GovDoc Number into the text box; including spaces, capitalization, and punctuation.
  3. Click on Search.
ISBN, ISSN, etc.: An Other Number search will look for ISBN, ISSN, publisher's numbers for music scores and sound recordings, and Library of Congress card numbers within each record.
  1. Click on Other Searches from Summit's main page.
  2. Click on Other Numbers.
  3. Enter all or part of the number into the text box. Omit hyphens from ISBN numbers. Include hyphens with ISSN numbers. Include a space with music numbers.
  4. Click on Search.
Journal Title: A journal title search will scan only the title field in periodical records.
  1. Click on Journal Title from Summit's main page.
  2. Enter part or all of the desired journal's name into the text box.
  3. Click on Search.
Keyword: A keyword search will scan the title, author, subject, and bibliographic fields in each record.
  1. Click on Keyword from Summit's main page.
  2. Enter desired word or phrase in the text box.
  3. Click on Search.
Subject: A subject search will scan only the subject field of each record.
  1. Click on Subject from Summit's main page.
  2. Enter the Library of Congress (L.C.) Subject Heading into the text box.
  3. Click on Search.
Title: A title search will scan only the title field of each record.
  1. Click on Title from Summit 's main page.
  2. Enter all or part of the desired title in the text box beginning with the first word.
  3. Summit will look for words in exactly the order they are entered.
  4. Click on Search.


  1. Summit is not case sensitive. You may enter your search terms in upper and/or lower case.
  2. Punctuation and special characters: The following characters are translated into a space: - / . * $ ! @ # % +.
    1. The following characters are ignored in searching: " , " ( ).
    2. The character "&" is automatically translated to "and."
  3. Spelling: Be sure you have spelled your search terms correctly as misspelled words will affect your search results.
    1. Spelling varies, so try all variations of a word's spelling; i.e., theater and theatre, labor and labour.
  4. Truncation: Summit automatically truncates your search terms for title and author searches.
    1. For example, entering teach as a title will retrieve teach, teachable, teacher, teachers and teaching.
    2. In a keyword search ,place an asterisk (*) at the end of a character string to retrieve various word endings.
      1. For example if you enter femin* as a keyword you will retrieve feminine, feminist, feminists, femininity, etc.
    3. For more on truncation please see the Research Coach on the Library's homepage.
  5. Help: For further tips click on Help from Summit's main search page.


  1. Click on Search Summit from PacCat's main page OR
  2. Perform a search on PacCat as you normally would.
  3. If you cannot find what you are looking for, click on the Search Summit box at the top of the page.
  4. Your Summit results will automatically appear.


  1. If the search retrieves multiple results, the catalog will automatically display them. You may move back and forth from results screens by clicking on the Pervious page/Next page buttons. To view a record from the list, click on its title link.
  2. If the search retrieves a single result, Summit will automatically display the whole record.
  3. If no search results are retrieved, the catalog will display a list of close matches indicating where your search would have been.


  1. After the results list appears, you may limit your search by clicking on the Limit/Sort box at the top of the page.
  2. Limiting by material type narrows a search by format, such as books, serials, maps, or music scores.
    1. Year limits to a specific publication year or range of years.
    2. Language limits by language.
    3. Where Item is located limits to specific member institution(s); i.e., Pacific University.
    4. Title, Author, or Subject finds citation with specified word in selected field.
  3. Enter desired limits.
  4. Click on the Limit/sort items retrieved using above data box.


  1. Click on the boxes corresponding to desired records and click on Save Marked Records OR
  2. From the desired record, click on the Export box at the top of the page.
  3. Note: When using the marked records feature avoid using your browser's back button. Use the tool button's Summit provides whenever possible. Using your browser's back button may cause you to loose your marked record list.


  1. Click on Export List.
  2. Select a format for the list; i.e., brief, full, etc.
  3. Select where to send the list to.
  4. You may email the records to yourself, save them to disk, or display them on a printable screen.
  5. Click on Submit.

LIBRARY OWNERSHIP: To view which libraries own the desired item, click on the Summit libraries have this item link. This will open a list of academic libraries which own the item. You may scroll through the list OR you may use the links to view specific academic libraries. The list will tell you which library owns the desired item, where that item is, its call number, and whether or not it is available for request.


  1. Click on the Request this item link from the desired record's page.
  2. Select Pacific from the menu and click on Submit above information.
  3. Enter your name into the text box first name first, last name last.
    1. Enter your library barcode in the second text box. Do not put in spaces or punctuation.
    2. Click on Submit above information. If you do not know your barcode, please see Circulation.
  4. You will receive a confirmation.
  5. If you are unable to borrow materials, please check with Circulation to make sure your patron record is in good standing.
  6. Note: Periodicals cannot be requested.


  1. Open PacCat.
  2. Click on View Your Patron Record from PacCat's main screen.
  3. Enter your name first name first, last name last, into the first text box.
  4. Enter your Library barcode into the second box. If you do not know your barcode, please see Circulation.
  5. Enter your pin number into the third text box. Your pin number should be the number you selected when you opened your account with the Library. If you do not know your pin number, please see Circulation.
  6. Click on Display record for person named above.
  7. From your patron record, click on the Requested materials link. This will show you what you have requested, what it's status is, and when you requested it.
  8. Note: When your Summit materials arrive, Circulation will e-mail you a notification.


  1. Click on the Print button at the top of the browser window OR
  2. Select File then Print from your browser's menu.

EXIT: Select File then Quit from your browser's menu.