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Project Muse provides online access to over 400 journal titles in the humanities and social ... You can search for articles by clicking on the Article Search tab, ...

Project Muse A Library ‘Essentials’ Guide Project Muse provides online access to over 400 journal titles in the humanities and social sciences from over 100 scholarly publishers. Accessing the database Access the Library’s Home Page at: Click on Access to resources and then E-Resources, on the left hand side of the screen. Enter your IT Services account username and password and click on Log in, if required. Set the subject area to all subjects and the resource type to all types of resources, then click on the Find resources button. Scroll down the list and click on Project Muse. Accessing journal articles You can search for articles by clicking on the Article Search tab, or alternatively, click on the Browse Journals tab if you know which journal issue you require. Basic search The article search box is available on each page on the website in the upper right corner. Use this search box as a starting point, or for quick, simple searching. Simply enter your term(s) in the Article Search Box and click on


You can link multiple words by using: AND finds articles containing both/all search terms (e.g. hamlet AND macbeth) OR finds articles with either/any search terms (e.g. literacy OR reading) NOT will exclude search terms (e.g. virus NOT computer) The search engine combines the above operators (AND, OR and NOT) from left to right. Always use brackets to make clear the order of your terms, e.g., education AND (literacy OR reading) will find articles with education and either literacy or reading. You can also search for phrases using quotation marks, e.g., “paradise lost”. You can use the truncation symbol (*) to search for plurals or parts of words, e.g., modern* retrieves any word starting with this stem, e.g. modern, modernity, modernism, etc. Project Muse currently doesn’t offer a mechanism to expand search terms within or at the beginning of words. Advanced search Advanced search provides more options for performing both simple and complex searching. Click on Advanced Article Search, or the Article Search tab on the left hand side of the toolbar. Enter your term(s) in the search box(es) at the top of the screen and select which fields of the records should be searched, using the drop-down boxes. If you wish to add an additional search box, click on Add a Row. You can type the link words AND, OR and NOT, or type terms in separate boxes and use the drop-down menus at the left of the search boxes, to combine or exclude keywords. Both the search box and the advanced article search screen automatically combine terms so you don’t need to type “AND”. You can narrow your search to a particular date range, by language, or by type of document (e.g. all articles and reviews, articles only, reviews only). You can also choose to search within particular Discipline(s) and/or Journal(s). When you have made all your selections, click on


Viewing your results After you have clicked on Search, a list of matching articles will appear. Results will be provided in order of relevance, but you can use the Sort results by drop-down box to re-sort your results by date or journal if you prefer. The default number of results per page is 10, but you can use the Results per page

drop-down box to change this number. You can also change the order and number of results from the Results page. Click on Next or Prev or the page numbers at the top and bottom of the page to move through the list of results if it is more than one page long. If you have retrieved too many or too few results, click on the Modify Search button, which appears below the search box. You can then amend your search and run it again. The Search Results list shows brief bibliographic details of each item; this is the Citation information. For the full text, click on the HTML Version or the PDF Version. Click on Summary to read an abstract of the article. Search history Project Muse allows you to review all of the searches you’ve conducted during your current session. Click on View Search History from the right side navigation bar of the Advanced Article Search page to view your previous searches. Click on the linked number of results to the right of the search statement to access the results from that search. Click on the Clear search history link to remove all of your searches from the Search History page. Marking and saving your results You can mark and save the most relevant results from your searches for subsequent e-mailing, exporting, downloading and printing. Click in the check boxes next to each citation, or click in the Mark/Clear All Results on Page box to mark or clear all results on a page. Click on the Save Marked Results button to save your marked results to the Saved Results page, where you can manage them in different ways, including e-mailing, exporting, or downloading and printing. Marks will be cleared once you leave that page of results, so in order for your marks to be remembered, marked results must be saved on each page before going onto a new page. E-mailing, exporting, printing saved results To e-mail: mark and save the results you would like to e-mail. Click on View Saved Results. In the Export marked results to: toolbar, select the E-mail button, and click Export. The E-mail Results window will pop up. Enter your email address and click the Email Results button. To export: mark and save the results you would like to export. Click on View Saved Results. In the Export marked results to: toolbar, select the RefWorks or EndNote button, according to which software you would like to use, and click Export. To download or print: mark and save the results you would like to download or print. Click on View Saved Results. In the Export marked result to: toolbar, select the Printer-Friendly Format button and click Export. A text-only version of the saved results will display. Use your browser’s Print or Save functions to print or download the results to your computer. Browsing If you know the journal issue in which the article you require appears, you can browse for it rather than entering a search. From the Project Muse home page, click on the Browse Journals tab in the toolbar at the top of the page. You can browse by title, discipline or subject headings for articles. Simply select the journal you require, then select the volume and issue you require. You can then browse through all the articles in that issue and view, print and save the information, as detailed above. A Search This Journal box appears on each journal's home page, on the Table of Contents of each issue, and on each article. This enables a user to quickly check all issues of the journal in MUSE, with a single search, for all articles in that journal pertaining to a particular subject. Help For help at any stage, click on the Help link in the top right hand corner of the screen. From there you can select which area of Project Muse you would like help with. Logging off To log off, simply navigate to another website or close your web browser. For more Essentials guides see: © University of Exeter. AA 07/09