Project MUSE, a non-profit collaboration between libraries and
publishers, is an online database of peer-reviewed academic
journals and electronic books.
Project MUSE provides access to
digital humanities and social science content from over 250 university
presses and scholarly societies around the world.
The goal of
Project MUSE is to disseminate high-quality scholarly
material through an affordable and sustainable model that meets the
needs of libraries, publishers, and scholars. MUSE’s online journal
collections are available on a subscription basis to academic, public,
special, and school libraries. Currently, more than 2,500 libraries
worldwide subscribe to Project MUSE.
Electronic book collections in
MUSE became available for institutional purchase in January 2012.
Thousands of scholarly books are now available on the platform.
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Project MUSE was founded in 1993 as a joint project between the Johns
Hopkins University Press and the
Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Milton S. Eisenhower Library at the
Johns Hopkins University. With grants from the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Project MUSE
was launched online alongside the JHU Press Journals in 1995.
Beginning in 2000, journals from other scholarly publishers were
integrated into MUSE’s online collections. Additional publishers
have added journals to
Project MUSE each subsequent year. In January
Project MUSE launched a new interface that incorporated its
current journal collection with electronic books published by members
of the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC).
Through the use of tiered-pricing structures and the offering of
various journal collections,
Project MUSE strives to accommodate the
budget situations and research needs of subscribing institutions.
Generally, subscriptions to
Project MUSE are very affordable when
compared to other full-text online journal collections or to the cost
of purchasing journal titles individually in print or electronically.
Additionally, libraries and their users continue to have ownership
rights to content they subscribed to from Project MUSE, even if they
choose not to renew their subscription to the database.
Project MUSE offers institutions the flexibility of choosing the
extent of their access from four interdisciplinary journal
collections, as well as two broad discipline collections in the
humanities or social sciences. MUSE’s content is grouped into
seventeen interdisciplinary research areas: Area and Ethnic Studies;
Art and Architecture; Creative Writing; Education; Film, Theater, and
Performing Arts; History; Language and Linguistics; Library Science
and Publishing; Literature; Medicine and Health; Music; Philosophy;
Religion; Science, Technology, and Mathematics; Social Sciences;
Studies by Time Period; Women’s Studies, Gender, and Sexuality.
Project MUSE is the sole source of full-text versions of journal
titles from a number of university presses and scholarly societies.
Journals available in MUSE are published electronically at the same
time as their print counterparts and remain available permanently
within the database. Subscribing libraries are not required to
maintain a print subscription to the same journals they access through
Project MUSE. Although much of MUSE’s journal content consists of
current publications, archival issues of many of its journals are
regularly added to the database.
Project MUSE now provides subscribers
with access to more than 600 journals from over 250 university presses
and scholarly publishers. Of the 600+ journals in the database, more
than 100 of them have complete runs in MUSE.
Project MUSE provides both experienced and novice researchers with a
number of resources including tutorials, instructional materials, and
subject guides. MUSE end-users have the capability to search the
database and, if affiliated with a subscribing institution,
immediately retrieve content in 100% full-text
The complete content of each journal is available in the database,
including all charts, graphics, and images. MUSE has intuitive search
and browsing functions and supports various research and discovery
tools such as social bookmarking, citation management functions, and
RSS feeds. MUSE’s subscription license accommodates the needs of
multiple researchers by allowing unlimited simultaneous access to its
content, as well as the ability to retrieve content through
Supported by two grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The
University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) emerged in 2009 to explore
the feasibility of, and later develop, a university press-based e-book
initiative that would balance the interests of both the publishing and
library communities. In spring 2011, UPeC announced its partnership
with Project MUSE, and the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC)
Book Collections on
Project MUSE was established. Launched in January
2012, the UPCC Book Collections on
Project MUSE consist of thousands
of peer-reviewed book titles from major university presses and related
scholarly publishers. The UPCC Book Collections on
Project MUSE are
fully integrated with MUSE’s electronic journal collections,
allowing users to search across the books and journals collections
simultaneously or to limit searches by content type.
All content from the print editions of the electronic books are
full-text, accessible in
PDF format, and fully searchable and
retrievable at the chapter level. The UPCC Book Collections on Project
MUSE have no Digital Rights Management (DRM) attached to them,
allowing users at institutions which have purchased the books to
print, copy, download, and save content at their discretion. Like
MUSE’s journal content, books available in the collections contain
current publications that are released simultaneously as their print
The UPCC Book Collections on
Project MUSE are available to libraries
for purchase by collection and include a range of current humanities
and social science scholarly titles. Additionally, the Foundation
Collections, featuring titles published between the 1990s and 2010,
are available for purchase or through access-only subscriptions. Books
are available in collections by publication date or through fourteen
subject-based collections: Archaeology and Anthropology; Ecology and
Evolution; Classical Studies; Film, Theater, and Performing Arts;
Global Cultural Studies; Higher Education; History; Language and
Linguistics; Literature; Philosophy and Religion; Psychology; Poetry,
Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction; Political Science and Policy
Studies; United States Regional Studies. Additionally, eight Area
Studies Collections are available: African, American, Asian and
Pacific, Jewish, Latin American and Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Native
American and Indigenous, and Russian and East European.
Two subscription options that provide access only (no ownership) are
available to institutions. The Current Subscription provides access to
all UPCC books in MUSE published or due to be published in the current
year or prior two years; the Archival Subscription provides access to
all UPCC books published more than three years prior.
In November 2012, it was announced that
Project MUSE and YBP Library
Services had formed a partnership to facilitate the purchase of single
book titles from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) on the
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