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UPCC Books Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do users get access to the UPCC books online?

For institutional purchasers of UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, access for your authorized users is supported via the following methods: IP (Internet Protocol) address authentication, referring URL, and Shibboleth. Institutions are asked to provide the IP range(s) associated with their institutional network at the time a purchase order is placed. A library can request access by referring URL or Shibboleth when placing an order for a UPCC book collection or single title, or at any time by sending a request to MUSE Customer Support. MUSE does not support institutional access via ID and password.

At this time, UPCC Book Collections and UPCC single titles on Project MUSE are only available for purchase by institutions; books are not offered for sale to individual users.

Q. What is the format of digital books on MUSE?

MUSE electronic books are in enhanced web-ready PDF format, searchable and retrievable at the chapter level. A table of contents on each individual book page allows for access to each chapter-level PDF, and for searching within the individual book for the chapters containing the search term(s). Book front matter and back matter is represented in separate, clearly-labeled PDF files on each book page. All content from the print edition of the book is included in the digital edition.

Q. Do UPCC digital books have DRM (Digital Rights Management) attached?

There is no DRM on the UPCC electronic book files.

Q. Can I access UPCC books on my mobile device?

UPCC books are accessible on any mobile device with a web browser and the capability to open PDF files, such as the iPhone or iPad. We are currently in the process of developing a new interface for mobile devices that will improve a user's experience when searching and retrieving MUSE content on mobile devices.

Q. Are the paper and digital books the same?

Initially, all of the books in the UPCC collections are also expected to be published in print. All content from the print edition is included in the online edition. Occasionally, an image may be redacted due to issues with permission to use the image in electronic form.

Q. Are the paper and digital editions available simultaneously?

There are no embargoes on the release of digital editions of books in Project MUSE. Our goal is to release the electronic book simultaneously with its print edition. Because MUSE relies on the print edition publishers to supply files to us in timely manner to facilitate electronic publication, the digital editions may appear up to two weeks later than the print edition release date.

Q. Are the UPCC books peer-reviewed? How is content selected?

Books included in the UPCC collections are published by distinguished university presses and scholarly publishers. Each participating publisher selects the books it submits for inclusion in the collections. These books are peer-reviewed prior to publication by leading scholars in the field, and subject to a vigorous editing process by the print publishers. Participation in the UPCC initiative is limited to not-for-profit publishers with rigorous peer review procedures.

Q. Can we search MUSE book and journal content simultaneously? Search just book content?

MUSE’s new integrated search engine defaults to searching just the content to which your institution subscribes or has purchased. Search results clearly indicate which full-text content is accessible to users via their library. Users have the option to view only book results or only journal results, and to expand the results to all book and all journal content currently on the MUSE platform.

Q. How are the books in UPCC collections discoverable outside your platform?

Just as we have done for many years with MUSE journal content, MUSE makes available metadata files for our digital books to numerous abstracting, indexing, and discovery services. A complete list of our current third-party discovery partnerships is available here. We welcome your suggestions for additional services with which we may cooperate to make our books more discoverable to users.

Q. May I purchase a single digital book on MUSE instead of a collection?

Yes, single-title purchasing of selected digital books from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) on Project MUSE are available through MUSE's partnership with YBP Library Services. Titles in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences may be discovered and ordered via GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP's acquisition and collection management interface. Through GOBI3, YBP's library customers may discover all the UPCC titles offered for individual purchase, and may elect to receive new title notification or have titles automatically delivered by the MUSE platform through YBP's eApproval program. MUSE will continue to explore additional options for single title purchasing.

Q. Does my library own the books we purchase in UPCC collections or as single titles?

UPCC book collections and single titles are sold on a purchase basis, and libraries own the books they purchase. Libraries have perpetual access rights to the UPCC books purchased on MUSE.

Q. May we download files for books we have purchased? What about printing?

Unlimited downloading and printing of book chapter PDF files is included in your purchase of UPCC book collections. There are no restrictions on downloads or printing.

Q. Why must I download a book chapter by chapter?  

MUSE collaborated with the participating publishers in UPCC to bring thousands of university press books to the MUSE platform.  In consideration of publisher concerns about their intellectual property, MUSE agreed to offer books in chapter-level PDFs. MUSE also wanted to accommodate institutions in areas with low bandwidth where the smaller chapter file would be easier to download.

Q. Is interlibrary loan allowed?

A purchasing library may supply to an authorized user of another library (whether by post, fax or secure electronic transmission, using Ariel or its equivalent, whereby the electronic file is deleted immediately after printing) a single copy of an electronic original of an individual book chapter

Q. How will UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE be archived and preserved?

UPCC books on Project MUSE are archived and preserved in Portico. Portico and Project MUSE have partnered to secure the long-term preservation of ebooks published online in MUSE through the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). The archiving and preservation is all inclusive meaning that all books from all publishers are included in Portico's digital preservation program and will remain available for future scholars, researchers, and students.

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Q. Are the URLs for the books and book chapters in Project MUSE stable? Can we link directly to the book or book chapter?

All URLs in MUSE are stable, and adhere to a standard format.

MUSE encourages linking directly to MUSE books and book chapters from electronic reserves, courseware systems, and web-based syllabi. No special permission is required to link. Be sure to verify the link from the MUSE site.

Q. Does Project MUSE provide a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for UPCC books?

MUSE does not currently provide DOIs for any of the UPCC/MUSE books. MUSE anticipates doing so in the future.

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Q. Does MUSE provide usage statistics?

Project MUSE provides usage statistics for purchasing libraries that are compliant with Release 1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works. Statistics are available for individual libraries and for consortium administrators.

Q. Does Project MUSE supply MARC catalog records or other tools to help catalogers?

Yes, Project MUSE supplies catalog record sets in MARC21 format and created using AACR2 cataloging rules for each of the UPCC book collections at no cost to libraries. Libraries that purchase books as single titles may obtain the MARC records for those titles from YBP Library Services.

Q. Does Project MUSE load MARC records for books into OCLC WorldCat?

At the present time, Project MUSE does not load book MARC records into WorldCat. We do understand that libraries may want to report their holdings using WorldCat. The MUSE MARC records are freely available and our policy is that libraries are free to load our records into WorldCat if they want to.

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