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:

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."

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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.

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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.

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

 

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.

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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.

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.

Another way to search within all issues of a journal

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.

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Tips for Searching

Saving a Search

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Diacritics, Special Characters, Hyphens, and Punctuation

Diacritics and Special Characters

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

Hyphens and Punctuation

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

Simple Search

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

 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.

 

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Working with Results

Sorting Results

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

Relevance (the default)

Date

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

 

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How to Cite Content from Project MUSE

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

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