Project MUSE is committed to serving our library customers throughout the global COVID-19 public health crisis. We do not anticipate any interruption in service and remain available to assist you while working remotely. For fastest response, please contact us by email with any questions or needs.
We have gathered some resources that we hope will help libraries with some of the challenges they may be facing at this time, including assisting their users with discovery of and access to reliable scholarly content from wherever they may currently be teaching and researching. We welcome suggestions for other information or tools that we can provide to make your work easier.
Project MUSE is pleased to support over 80 of its participating publishers in making some or all of their content temporarily available for free on our platform. Well over 25,000 books and more than 300 journals are temporarily free to access for users worldwide. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery. Each publisher designates the specific content and for how long it will be freely available.
The list of participating publishers, along with details on what content is free and for how long, is being continually updated.
To assist libraries with making the temporarily-free books and journals easily discoverable by users, we have created collections and associated metadata files for the content, and shared this information with the major discovery system knowledge bases. The files are by resource type (book / journal), and will be continuously updated as additional content is made available.
Look for these collection names in your preferred knowledge base.
Look for these collection names in your preferred knowledge base.
PCI: Project MUSE
Project MUSE hosts over 2000 open access books and a small number of fully open access journals, all from distinguished not-for-profit scholarly publishers. These books and journals are permanently, freely available to libraries and users around the world. OA content on MUSE will appear in search results and browsing along with content owned by libraries, and like all content on MUSE is DRM-free with unlimited downloading and printing.
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To increase discoverability of MUSE OA content, we make available free MARC and KBART files, and we have also worked with major knowledge bases to ensure libraries can easily activate our full collection of OA titles via their discovery services.
Project MUSE supports remote access to content via established methods including Shibboleth, proxy, and referring URL. Library customers are encouraged to use the tools in the Update Authentication Options section of our Library Dashboard to ensure that we have the most current details on the access options you employ for your institution. The dashboard requires creating a library user account. More assistance with remote access is available from MUSE Customer Support.
Any user may set up a personal MyMUSE account, regardless of whether they are affiliated with an institution that holds MUSE content. To help users more easily connect with MUSE content to which they are entitled via an affiliated institution's holdings, we have temporarily enabled MyMUSE personal account holders to link those accounts to their institution and gain access to entitled content.
Users are not required to supply an email address to create a MyMUSE account, but may voluntarily do so to take advantage of certain features. If a user’s voluntarily-supplied email can be matched to a known institutional customer domain, MUSE will allow users to temporarily activate remote access to their institution’s content simply by signing in to their MyMUSE account. The MyMUSE account access will be active through June 30, 2020.
Some institutions may have more than one email domain address for their users. Libraries may register additional domains, to help match more users to your institution, using the authentication options tool in the Library Dashboard. Library customers who do not wish for this temporary access option to be activated for their institution’s users may request to opt out of this feature.
Project MUSE has launched a new section of our web site specifically to assist instructors with resources for teaching and research in an online environment. Libraries may wish to promote these resources to teaching faculty at their institution, or use the resources themselves when developing online instruction sessions or assisting faculty with locating appropriate, accessible course content. All content on MUSE is DRM-free, with unlimited simultaneous usage, downloading, and printing, making it ideal for class use.
Among the offerings for instructors are subject-specific lists of MUSE books and journal articles for use in classes or research projects, many of which are open access or temporarily available for free, or may be included in their library’s MUSE holdings. Also available are over 40 free articles and books about online teaching and learning, which may be helpful to faculty in adapting their courses to a remote environment. Instructors may also sign up to be alerted to new tools and information to help them with their work.
Project MUSE’s search engine defaults to showing all of the content to which the searcher is entitled to full text access, if that user can be authenticated as affiliated with an institution that is a MUSE customer. The searcher will see all relevant results including book and journal content owned by their institution along with any permanently open access or temporarily free materials.
If a user is not authenticated, they may choose the “Only content I have access to” option from the access filters in the left panel of both the MUSE search and browse interfaces, which will limit their results to only OA and free materials. MUSE offers a Search Help guide with more tips.
MUSE provides downloadable user guides and video tutorials for a variety of topics.
The answers to many common questions may be found in our FAQ.
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