Finding Articles in Project Muse

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1. Introduction

Welcome to this tutorial on how to find articles using Project Muse, a database dealing with the Arts and Humanities

In this tutorial we will cover the following topics:

  • How to access Project Muse
  • How to perform a basic keyword search of the database
  • How to use limiters and filters to help manage your search results
  • How to retrieve the PDF of an article

2. Accessing Project Muse

To access our databases from the library homepage, click on the "databases" link under the "Featured Links" heading

Featured Links menu with database link highlighted

This will take you to the A-Z list of databases. As Project Muse starts with P, click on the Link for letter "P" on the alphabetical list

Now, scroll down to the "Project Muse" link. Click on the link to access the database.

If you are attempting to access the database from off-campus, you will be prompted to sign-in using your Bronco ID and password. Go ahead and and sign-in and you will get access to the database.

3. Querying the Database

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Clicking on the link takes you to the search page for Project Muse. On the top of the screen is the search box, where you will input your search terms:

As you scroll down the page, you will see a series of filters on the left-hand side. These filters allow you to:

  • Limit your results to only the materials we have direct access to
  • Limit your results by format: (Books, Journals, Articles, Reviews)
  • Limit your results to specific publishers
  • Limit your results to specific Book Series
  • Limit your results to specific Academic Journals
  • Limit your results to materials published in a specific language
  • Limit your results to specific disciplines (History, for example)
  • Limit your results to a specific date range

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So, with that in mind, let's do a search:

Lets assume you are researching J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion. You're looking for reviews of this book.

In the search box input the following search terms:
• Tolkien
• Silmarillion

Now, hit the search button

Project muse search button

3. Querying the Database

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Now, let's filter your results:

Scroll down the left hand menu to the "content type" heading and click on the check box for "Reviews"

Content type limiter in Project Muse

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Now let's look at some of your results:

Example of results in Project Muse

Each result is a collection of links

  • The title link, takes you to the article record
  • The other links take you to:
    • Other materials published by that same author
    • Other materials published in that journal
    • Other materials published by that publisher
    • Other materials published in that issue of the journal
  • Below it are links allowing you to:
    • View a preview of the article
    • Download the article (as a PDF)
    • Save the article on the database for future use

Project muse results with access links highlighted

Pick an article and click on the Title:

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Clicking on the title takes you into the record for the article.

On the top of the record you see the links again to the Journal, Issue, Publisher and Author

Below this information should be the text of the article, you can use this preview like an abstract, read the introduction to determine if the article is relevant to your topic.

Scroll back up to the top, you will also see a link to "View Citation" click on it.

View citation link in Project Muse

Clicking on the "View Citation" opens a box which shows you how to cite this article in a variety of different citation styles.

While you can use these citations, please be aware that citations generated by databases can have errors, so if you choose to use them, check them against the Purdue OWL or a style guide.

Now, click on the "Download" Link

Download link in Project Muse

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Clicking on the "Download" link automatically downloads the article as a PDF. At this point, you can save, or print the article if you wish.

4. What happens if we don't have access?

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Go back up to the search box and click the "Clear All Facets" box

Clear all Facets button

input the following search term:

"Tolkien, Tom Bombadil, and the Creative Imagination" (include the quotation marks)

Now, in the filter menu on the left-hand side, click on the option "All Content" under the heading "Access"

Access limiter in Project Muse

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You should see the following article:

Tom Bombadil Article with access status highlighted

Instead of a Green Check mark, you will see a Red Padlock symbol.

If you click on the "Download" link, You will be told that "Your Subscription does not include that content"

Click on the button marked "Check Fulltext Availability"

Fulltext availability button in Project Muse

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This will take you into OneSearch, where you will see that there are no physical resources in the library that match your search.

Go to the "sign in" button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen click on it.

Select the "Student and Employee login" option and login with your Bronco ID and Password

(Your Bronco ID is the part of your school email address without the part)

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After logging in, you should now see a link for "Document Delivery"

If you click on this link (don't) it will take you into our document delivery server, where you can request this article from another library.

For more information on Document Delivery, check out our Document Delivery Tutorial.


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