Answered By: Denise Brush
Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017     Views: 2

In library jargon, ProfSearch is what is known as a web-scale discovery service (http://www.proquest.com/products-services/The-Summon-Service.html). We have branded the product ProfSearch for Rowan University, but its real name is Summon. It is essentially a specialized search engine that indexes the content of a given library, including both catalog records (books and multimedia) and licensed resources (databases and journals). So our instance of Summon searches our resources, and someone else's searches theirs. However, ProfSearch does not search every database we subscribe to - there are some publishers ProQuest doesn't work well with. You can find a good explanation of the ins and outs of ProfSearch on the ProfSearch guide.