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MUSE to have integrated eBooks and eJournal platform in 2012

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More after the break (including link to preview).  The most essential piece of information is:

MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of both book and journal content available on Project MUSE.  At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

(Currently Middlebury has no eBooks available in full-text on MUSE.)

Project MUSE’s redesigned platform, incorporating both books and journals in an integrated interface, goes live on January 1, 2012. A preview of the new platform is available on our beta site at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu.

Over 300 free sample books remain accessible on the beta site through the end of 2011.

Two video tutorials for searching and browsing within the new interface are now available. Additional instructional materials will be provided shortly after the platform launch. View and share the new tutorials here:

Search Books and Journals on Project MUSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhldo-sLktk&feature=youtube_gdata

Browse Books and Journals on Project MUSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrR9wM-R2dM&feature=youtube_gdata

The new platform will provide digital access to over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers, alongside MUSE’s over

500 electronic journals. A search box on every page of the site offers users the option of searching both books and journals, or filtering by content type prior to running the search. At the search results level, users may again filter to just books or just journals.

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE’s new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have full-text access to content from those collections.

MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of both book and journal content available on Project MUSE.  At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

Further highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:

- Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language of publication

- Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type

- Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content

- Search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms

- New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access, free sample content, and open access content

- Discovery and research tools at both the book and journal article level, including More by This Author and Related Content links, citation downloading/exporting, and social sharing

- “Search Inside…” feature for both books and journals

- DOIs at title and chapter level for books, article level for journals

The beta site and the current site will continue to operate in parallel until December 31, 2011, with the new platform going live January 1, 2012.

The Project MUSE URL remains http://muse.jhu.edu. Links to scholarly content in MUSE (journal articles and issues) will not be affected by the platform change, but libraries and users which have bookmarked informational pages within the site may need to update these bookmarks after the January 1 transition.

To reiterate, for the one-month preview period of January 2012, searches on the new platform will default to displaying all relevant book and journal results, unless the user selects to filter to only books or only journals at the time of searching. After January 31, 2012, search results will default to only that journal and/or book content to which a user has full-text access.

Questions about the platform transition, UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, or related issues may be directed to Project MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu.

HathiTrust (that’s Hindi for elephant)

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If you’ve searched Summon recently, then you may well have stumbled upon one of the 2.2 million public-domain books that are now available by HathiTrust, an international community of libraries committed to the long-term preservation of the cultural record. With a burden of that magnitude, it’s no wonder they’ve named themselves after an elephant known for its long-term memory.

Here’s how it works: when you search in Summon, you will see links to books digitized by libraries around the world. By default, only public domain works (books published before 1923 along with some government publications) will show up in your Summon results, like Mrs. McPiggs’ of the Very Old Scratch: A half grown novel written by Frank C. Voorhies in Boston in 1903 or Sustainability of Maine’s groundfish industry : field hearing before the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, from 2008.

Copyrighted titles (those published after 1923) or orphan titles with unknown copyright, will only appear if you select the “Add results beyond your library’s collection” option in the left-hand side of the screen:


Now, Summon will include citations for millions of copyrighted titles that match your search. Look for the note “Citation Online”  and a direct link to HathiTrust. While these copyrighted works won’t likely be available in full-text, Inter Library Loan or the New England Library Consortium (NExpress) might be able to get that book in your hands.