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More Database Handouts: Step by Step with Project Muse

Sometimes popular and general databases are not enough. Learn to search more social science, local, statistical, and education, and dictionary databases step-by-step.

Step by Step with Project Muse


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.

  1. 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.

    Boolean search for cats and myth

  2. 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.

    big discovery box on the library web page

  3. Project Muse presents you with a box for your search..

    searching with a  single box on Project Muse

    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.

  4. Project Muse presents you with results in groups of ten (10). Most articles come complete with a picture of a journal cover.

  5. 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.

  6. To view the HTML or PDF full text of articles, click on the PDF or HTML links.

    reference from Project Muse

  7. Print Project Muse articles using your browser’s Print icon for HTML articles or the PDF Print icon for PDF articles.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. To revise your Project Muse search, click the orange and white Modify Search button near the top of the page.

  11. When you are finished with Project Muse, simply close your browser.