Step by Step with Project Muse
Project Muse is once again available to the Perimeter College community! Project Muse is an almost hundred percent full text database that offers
journal articles in the humanities, arts,
and social sciences. Subjects covered include: literary criticism,
religion, philosophy, mythology, sociology, psychology, international relations, and much more.
The most interesting part of any search happens before your fingers ever
touch the keyboard. Think about your topic. Most college
level paper topics have two ideas. If your paper topic has only one idea,
you may want to narrow it down. A good example of a college level paper topic
is the role of cats in myth and legend. For this
topic, the two main ideas are cats and myth.
For Project Muse to make the most of your search topic, you need to put
its two main ideas together with an AND. The
AND is not a word, but
a logical operator that combines two important ideas, for example cats AND myth. This is
what Project Muse sees when you type in cats AND myth:
The overlap between the two circles is your search results.
- To search Project Muse, choose your database directly from the A-Z List below the big discovery box on the library web page. Select P, scroll down, and click to open.
- Project Muse presents you with a box for your search..
Type each of your search’s main ideas into the
left box. Don't forget the AND. Then click the
orange magnifying glass button to search.
- Project Muse presents you with results in groups of ten (10). Most articles come complete with a picture of a journal cover.
- You can move among the results with the scroll bar and between pages
of results by clicking on the Prev, Next, or Page Number links.
- To view the HTML or PDF full text of articles, click on the PDF or HTML links.
- Print Project Muse articles using your browser’s
Print icon for HTML articles or the PDF
Print icon for PDF articles.
- Save Project Muse articles by clicking File
and Save As in your browser for HTML
articles or clicking on the Disk icon and
following directions in PDF.
- You still can not email Project Muse articles
directly from within the database so saving them to a USB drive or to the desktop
and then attaching them to email are
both good strategies.
- To revise your Project Muse search, click the orange and white Modify Search button
near the top of the page.
- When you are finished with Project Muse, simply close your browser.