More Publishers Participating; 2014 Pricing Available for Project MUSE's UPCC Book Collections
Project MUSE is pleased to announce that 2014 pricing for its UPCC Book Collections is now available. The UPCC collections include scholarly books primarily in the humanities and social sciences from more than 100 university presses and related not-for-profit publishers, and will make available some 30,000 digital books by the end of 2014.
With the inclusion of content from several distinguished university presses for 2014, among them the University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, and the recently revived University of Missouri Press, MUSE continues to expand its book offerings in key disciplines including literature, anthropology, political science, cultural studies, religion, regional studies, and the arts. A total of twelve additional participating publishers have been confirmed to date, including:
Chinese University Press
Cornell University Press
Leuven University Press
Northern Illinois University Press
Ohio State University Press
School for Advanced Research Press
Texas Tech University Press
University of California Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of Missouri Press
University of South Carolina Press
Discussions are ongoing with interested publishers and it is expected that more participants may be announced prior to the end of the year.
UPCC Acquisition Options include Collection and Single-Title Purchasing, Time-Based Subscriptions
MUSE offers libraries several choices for accessing the UPCC scholarship on the MUSE platform. Purchase options include collections of forthcoming, recent, and backlist titles in best-selling subjects such as Political Science and Policy Studies, History, Global Cultural Studies, and Religion and Philosophy. Libraries may choose to acquire deeply in selected subject areas, or purchase a broad interdisciplinary mix of the latest titles from many of the best scholarly publishers. Also available are Area Studies Collections, introduced for 2013 in response to library requests, including African Studies, American Studies, Asian and Pacific Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. These interdisciplinary collections bring together books that facilitate in-depth examination of the historical, cultural, political, and social forces shaping the region of interest.
Also introduced during 2013 was the option for title-by-title book purchasing, currently facilitated through YBP Library Services. Libraries may supplement collection purchases or build a customized collection from the ground up, as well as integrate UPCC ebooks into approval plans, utilizing YBP's acquisition and collection management services. Libraries interested in single title purchasing should contact email@example.com for further information.
Access to UPCC books is also offered through a subscription model, with two options based on the publication dates of the included titles. The Current Subscription option provides faculty and students with unlimited access to more than 8,500 books published in 2012, 2013, and forthcoming in 2014. With affordable tiered subscription rates, libraries may choose to subscribe as a method for examining ebook usage at their institution, and determining which collections and books would be best suited for permanent acquisition. An Archive Subscription is also available, providing unlimited access to over 21,000 UPCC books published in 2011 or earlier for a very reasonable fee.
All UPCC books on MUSE are DRM-free, with unlimited simultaneous usage, downloading, and printing. Accessible on any PDF-compatible mobile device, the books are fully integrated for searching and browsing with the hundreds of thousands of scholarly journal articles in MUSE. Interlibrary loan is allowed for purchased books.
Libraries seeking pricing or other information on the UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE may complete our request form, indicating areas of specific interest, at http://muse.jhu.edu/order/quote, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Project MUSE and UPCC
Project MUSE is a trusted provider of authoritative humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. The University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) brings together many thousands of books from more than 100 distinguished university presses and related scholarly publishers, available on the same platform with MUSE's more than 500 respected scholarly journals. For more information on Project MUSE visit http://muse.jhu.edu.
Project MUSE has released a new Advanced Search functionality on the site, providing researchers and students with the ability to construct detailed and precise search queries to mine the broad array of scholarly journal and book content available on the platform.
Developed in response to customer feedback, the new Advanced Search interface is accessible from a link in the main navigation of every page on the MUSE site. It allows users to directly target their initial searches by content type, MUSE research area, author, publisher, journal title, language of publication, or publication date. Content from MUSE’s more than 500 journal titles may be filtered between articles and reviews, and may be searched alone or along with the over 22,000 books now on the site. Searches will default to only content to which the user has full-text access, but can be expanded to include all relevant material available in MUSE.
After retrieving an initial results set, searchers may further refine their results using the numerous facets. Notations in the search interface display the number of results available for each faceted item. From the results page, items may be saved and citations exported, and the search query may be saved to be run again at a later date and retrieve the most current content.
A link to the new Advanced Search interface may be found in the upper right corner of every page on the MUSE web site, above the basic Search box also available on every page. Libraries and users may link directly to the Advanced Search at http://muse.jhu.edu/search/advanced#firstLoad.
A new Quick Search Guide is available for download from MUSE's Tools and Resources page at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/tools/index.html. A video tutorial for the new Advanced Search may be viewed on the MUSE YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/projectmusetv. Subscribing libraries are welcome and encouraged to link to and use these materials in instructional and promotional activities.
Further enhancements to the MUSE search functionality are expected throughout the remainder of the year. Feedback and questions about the new Advanced Search may be directed to MUSE Customer Support at email@example.com.