New features in Project MUSE platform

In January, Project MUSE provided online journal and electronic book access in one interface.  Below the fold are some details about how best to navigate the new MUSE interface.

Note that Summon (the default search tab at go.middlebury.edu/lib) searches virtually all of our subscribed content from virtually all of our publishers. The news here is that the MUSE interface searches all of the MUSE content, whether we have full-text access to a particular e-book or not. Questions? Email us. Find something of interest on MUSE that we don’t currently have access to? Click here to suggest a purchase.

The new MUSE interface includes an expanded Browse and an enhanced Search process.:

There are key differences in the content displayed in each.

Browse

Browse is designed to allow everyone to peruse all book and journal titles and tables of contents in MUSE for content that is of interest. Access to full text, however, is dependent upon whether your institution subscribes to specific book or journal content. Access icons indicate which full text is available to the individual.

Search

A search box on every page initiates a search of whichever content the user wants to search: books only, journals only, or books and journals simultaneously. The search results default to only content to which your institution subscribes. Facets (or limiters) on the results page help to refine results. The Modify Search box on the results page also allows you to refine results by constructing a boolean search.

If a user desires to see all MUSE results relevant to the search, they can select the option to show all content, meaning that search results will include content to which their institution does not have full text access and will be noted as such by an icon.

 

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