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How to Search Project Muse: Home


This guide will provide an overview of the Project MUSE  databse provided at Scarborough Library for use by its patrons.  It is split into several sections, indicated by tabs.

  • Basic Searching: performing a basic search
  • Useful Limiters: Pre-Search
  • Useful Limiters: Post Search
  • Off-Campus Access


What is Project MUSE?

Project MUSE is a  repository of searchable digital content (a database); this content is focused mainly on history, the arts, and is subdivided into searchable categories or collections (History or Literature).

A journal can be found in Project MUSE under multiple categories depending on what topics the journal covers. In order to discover whether or not a journal is accessible in another database, like EBSCOHost or JSTOR, check the Full Text Journal Listing.

The Question of Peer Review

When a search is made in Project MUSE, the option for choosing a peer-reviewed source does not exist.

Project MUSE is a database that contains only peer-reviewed material.

Peer-reviewed (or scholarly) material is any work (but usually journals) that are written about a specific interest for a particular discipline and all works inside are reviewed by a board of professionals in that field; those professionals decide whether or not an article is accepted into the journal.

What is a Limiter?

Throughout this guide, the term "limiter" will appear with regularity. What is it?

A limiter is a term or subgroup that helps narrow a search to manageable results. A few of the most popular ways to narrow a search include the following:

  • Language
  • Subject Area
  • Publication Year
  • Publication type (book, journal article)

Project MUSE contains all of these limiters and a few that are exclusive to it. For a more thorough review of these options, click the "Useful Limiters" tabs.


Assistance Available

Sometimes, not even an online guide is able to explain effectively how to use a resource.

Reference librarians are available to answer questions and to demonstrate how to access resources.

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