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Project MUSE Database Review

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  • Sep 09, 2020

Overview: Project MUSE is a provider of digital humanities and social science online resources that has been in operation for 25 years. Project MUSE is a database that is available for use through the George Mason Library. This specific database offers a range of “complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals and books from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies. In addition to collections, other options for accessing the content include single title purchasing and evidence-based acquisition” At the moment, this database has over 700 journals from 125 publishers and offers over 60,000 books from more than 100 presses. A user can search by journals, books, or publisher.

History: The birth of this project was a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University in the year 1995.

Downloading files from MUSE: A user may download all journal files via PDF, some books are available for download, but not all books on the database.

Date Range: Varying.

Publishers: There are over 200 different university presses and scholarly societies that are listed as publishers on Project MUSE. You can find the list here on the About Publisher Page. 

Object Type: Books and Journals.

Exportable Image: Yes.

Facsimile image: No.

Full Text Searchable: All content from the print editions of the electronic books are full-text, accessible in PDF format, and fully searchable and retrievable at the chapter level.

Digitized from microfilm: Some items.

Review: From the New York Public Library “Provides full-text access to over 500 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and top quality book-length scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.  **Patrons should read the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of this resource before searching.**Subjects: Art; Government and Law; Health and Medicine; History; History of Africa; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Dance; Music; Philosophy; Science; Religion; Social Sciences; Area and Cultural Studies; African American Studies; Women’s Studies; Political Science”.

A review from The California Community College Libraries, Electronic Access to Information Resources Committee
(CCL-EAR) can be found here.

Access: Project MUSE also has numerous open access books and journals with the list that is increasing in size. The Open Access page can be accessed here.

How to Cite Project MUSE: The formats at this link are for citing journal articles and books in the “works cited” or reference list.


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