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Search Help

Use the index of Help topics to learn how to search for content in MUSE.

If you can't find what you need in the search help, please contact MUSE Customer Support.

Conducting a Search

Tips for Searching

Working With Results

Conducting a Search

Browser Requirements

The Project MUSE search interface utilizes cascading style sheets, supported by and tested on the following browsers:

  • PC and MAC - Internet Explorer 6.0; Mozilla Firefox 7.0; Chrome 15; Opera 10

For best results, please use these or higher versions of the browsers. If you experience display problems while using one of the platform/browser combinations listed, please contact Customer Support.

Enabling javascript is required in order to use the Project MUSE search interface.

Internet Explorer 6.0: Under Explorer, choose Preferences, select Web Content, then make sure "Enable Scripting" is checked under "Active Content."

Content Included in Search

If you are from an institution that subscribes to MUSE journals or has purchased MUSE books, the search engine will retrieve results from all content to which your institution has access. To search all MUSE content, not just what your institution has access to, deselect the Access box on the left side of the advanced search or results pages.

If the search engine does not recognize you as an institutional subscriber, the search engine will search all MUSE books and journal content, however, you will not have access to the full-text. If you have password access to a particular journal in MUSE, we recommend that you select the journal through Browse and on the journal home page, use the Search Inside This Journal search box.

You can also view our list of journal subscribers to check if your institution subscribes, and to which of the six MUSE journal collections it subscribes. Please refer any questions about access to books to your institution's library.

Please note that anyone may use the Project MUSE search engine. To view full-text articles and book chapters, however, you must be from an institution which subscribes to MUSE or have password access, e.g. through association membership.

Search - Simple and Advanced

There are a variety of ways to search and find book and journal content. Start your search using either the simple search box that appears on each page or go to the advanced search page to construct a more targeted search.

Simple Search

The search box is available on each page on the website.

  • Enter term(s) in the search box. Use quotations to search for a phrase (e.g., "paradise lost").
  • Select either Content, Title, Author, or Publisher. 
  • If desired, use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to combine terms in different ways.

Content searches for your term(s) in all content such as titles, citations, journal articles, book chapters and abstracts or summaries when available.

Title searches for your term(s) in the title of a journal article or the title of a book.

Author searches for journal and book content by a particular author. The results display all journal articles and reviews and book content in MUSE by the author.

Publisher searches for all book and journal content by a particular publisher. The results display all journal and book content in MUSE from that publisher.

Advanced Search

  • Enter term(s) in the search box(es). Use quotations to search for a phrase.
  • Select either Content, Title, Author, or Publisher. (see above for descriptions) 
  • Select All, Any or None

All automatically combines terms (you don't need to type AND between your terms) to search within Content, Title, Author, or Publisher.

Any searches for the first term OR the second term OR the third term, etc. in that search box.  The OR is automatically inserted between the search terms when ANY is selected.

None excludes content with any term(s) typed in the search box following None.

Options for Filtering (Limiting) Search Results

Use the facets on the left side of the search results page to refine your results to a more focused set of results. The number after each facet is the number of books, journals, journal articles or journal reviews relative to your search within that particular option. Facets include:

Content Type

Based on the journals and books to which your institution has access, the Content Type box will show the number of journals and books with content relevant to your search term.

  • Select the Journals box to view only journal articles and reviews
  • Select the Articles box to view only journal articles
  • Select the Reviews box to view only reviews in journals
  • Select the Books box to view only books
  • To continue to view all journal and book content relevant to your search, leave both boxes unchecked.

Research Area

Project MUSE organizes content into subject groupings called Research Areas. Check the box next to the Research Area from which you would like to see search results.

Author

Select an author to view only content by that author within your search results.

Publisher

Select a publisher to view only content by that publisher within your search results.

Journal Name

Select a journal to view only content in that journal within your search results.

  • Example using advanced search to search within a journal
    •       Type search term abolition in the search box.
    •       In the Journal Name facet, select Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.
    •       Search results will display all articles and reviews in the journal containing the search term abolition
    •       Use the Content Type facet to further refine the results to just articles or just reviews.

Another way to search within all issues of a journal

  • Start the search from the journal landing page.
  • Select the journal title from the Browse - Journals list.  
  • At the journal landing page, click on the Search Journal tab, type in your search terms, and click the go button.

Language

Select a language to view only content in that language within your search results.

You can limit your search results by the language in which the article or book is written. Most journal articles and books in MUSE are written in English, however, there is content written in other languages. If search results indicate content in multiple languages, select the language in which to limit your search results.

Year

Select a date range or just one year to view only content published during that period.

  • Examples
    • 1996 And 2004  will display only content published between 1996 and 2004.
    • 2012 And 2012 will display only content published in 2012.

Tips for Searching

Saving a Search

  • All searches can be saved using the Bookmark or Favorites feature on your browser.
  • On the search results page, click the Bookmark or Favorites option to save the search.
  • The URL for the search results can also be emailed to yourself or to others.

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Diacritics, Special Characters, Hyphens, and Punctuation

Diacritics and Special Characters

  • Type in terms and ignore diacritics when searching. For example, do not use an "e" for umlauts.
  • Use these substitutions for the following special characters:
    • Type "ss" for ß
    • Type "ae" for æ
    • Type "o" for ø
    • Type "n" for ñ
    • Type "a" for å
    • Type "c" for ç

Examples:
nagele will retrieve Nägele.
alvarez will retrieve álvarez
"Theory and Event" will retrieve Theory & Event.

  • In general, do not type punctuation or characters (including ampersands) in your search: punctuation and special characters are ignored by the search engine and treated as spaces.
  • However, when punctuation or characters appear as parts of words (e.g., hyphenated names or initials), enter the punctuation or character or leave a space and enclose in quotes.
    • Z39.50 or "Z39 50" will retrieve Z39.50
    • high/low or "high low" will retrieve high/low
    • Reid-Pharr or "Reid Pharr" will retrieve Reid-Pharr
      • W.E.B. DuBois or "W E B" Dubois will retrieve W.E.B. DuBois or W. E. B. Dubois
        • Note: Typing W. E. B. DuBois or W E B DuBois (spaces between initials) will also retrieve W.E.B. Dubois or W. E. B. DuBois, but possibly other hits since the search engine will process the initials each as a separate term, e.g. w AND e AND b AND DuBois).

Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) and Phrase (" ") Searching

Simple Search

  • Boolean "operators" AND, OR, and NOT are supported:
    • Type in "operators" AND, OR, and NOT (case sensitive) in the search statement when using the single search box available on each page.
  • Use quotation marks (" ") to search for phrases (words together in exact order).
  • The search box automatically combines terms so you don't need to type "AND."
  • When using more than one kind of "operator" the search engine combines the operators from "left to right."
  • Examples
    • milwaukee OR atlanta AND braves
      Retrieves articles with braves and either milwaukee or atlanta or both.
    • To make sure you enter the search you want regardless of order of terms, either:
    • Use parentheses to have those terms searched first:
      • (milwaukee OR atlanta) AND braves
        braves AND (milwaukee OR atlanta)
        Retrieves articles with braves and either milwaukee or atlanta or both.

Advanced Search (using ALL, ANY, NONE to construct a search)

  • Use the dropdown boxes to select how your search terms are to be searched and/or grouped.
  • The ALL, ANY and NONE act as the operators.
  • Select facets to further refine your search results

 All automatically combines terms (you don't need to type AND between your terms) to search within Content, Title, Author, or Publisher.

  • Examples
    • Blackfoot  Blackfeet
      • Retrieves results with both terms (Blackfoot and Blackfeet)
    • criseyde  chaucer
      • Retrieves results with both terms (chriseyde and chaucer)
    • kerouac ginsberg burroughs ferlinghetti
      • Retrieves results which contain all of these terms (kerouac and ginsberg and burroughs and ferlinghetti)
    • kerouac "dharma bums" "on the road"
      • Retrieves results which contain the term 'kerouac' and the phrases 'dharma bums' and 'on the road.'

Any searches for the first term OR the second term OR the third term, etc. in that search box.  The OR is automatically inserted between the search terms when ANY is selected.

  • Examples
    • beloved "song of solomon"
      • Retrieves results with either the term beloved or the phrase 'song of solomon
  • Combining ALL and ANY
    • ANY of the terms, milwaukee atlanta
    • ALL of the terms, braves
      • Retrieves articles with braves and either milwaukee or atlanta or both.

None excludes content with any term(s) typed in the search box following None.

  • Example
    • ANY of the terms: hamlet
    • NONE of the Terms: macbeth
    • Retrieves results with the term hamlet but not Macbeth

 

Working with Results

Sorting Results

Use the " Sort by:" pull-down to sort results by:

Relevance (the default)

  • Selecting Relevance results in an order starting from the most pertinent based on calculation of frequency and proximity of search terms.
  • Keep in mind, however, that "relevance" is calculated by software and is not fool-proof. Please use relevancy ranking as a general guide. Use the Options for Filtering Search Results to get a smaller, more focused results set.

Date

  • Selecting Oldest First puts results in order by publication date starting from the oldest results.
  • Selecting Newest First puts results in order by publication date starting from the most recent results.

Use the "Items per page:" pull-down to choose how many results to display per page.

     

How to Cite Content from Project MUSE

Refer to the PDF guide for examples of how to cite MUSE journals and books.