from Project MUSE:
Project MUSE's new books + journals combined platform is on schedule to go live on January 1, 2012. Redesigned to coincide with the addition of books to the existing journals content, the new platform is available for preview on our beta site, released in August, at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu. At the launch of the new platform, over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers will be available alongside MUSE's over 500 electronic journals.
At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE's new UPCC Book Collections will be visible for searching and browsing on the platform, fully integrated with journals. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have immediate full-text access to content from those collections.
MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of book content available on Project MUSE. At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.
A search box on every page of the site offers users the option of searching both books and journals, or filtering by content type prior to running the search. At the search results level, users may again filter to just books or just journals, as well as to only content for which they have full text access.
Highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:
- Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content and encouraging discovery
- Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language
- Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type
- Search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms
- New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access through their institution, free sample content, and open access content
- Discovery and research tools at both the book and journal article level, including More by This Author and Related Content links, citation downloading/exporting, and social sharing
- "Search Inside..." feature for both books and journals
- DOIs at title and chapter level for books, article level for journals
The redesigned MUSE website will feature new search and discovery functionality to help users make the most of their searches and of the greatly expanded content available. The beta site highlights just a few of the new features that will be available when the new site launches on January 1.
As has always been the case with journal content on MUSE, UPCC books on MUSE will offer unlimited usage, downloading, and printing for purchasing libraries. Book content is offered in DRM-free, chapter-level PDFs. COUNTER-compliant statistics and free MARC records will be available for UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE.
MUSE expects to make preliminary tutorial material for the new site available in December, with more extensive instructional materials available in January. The beta site and the current site will continue to operate in parallel until December 31, 2011. The new platform will go live January 1, 2012 at the current Project MUSE URL, http://muse.jhu.edu. To reiterate, for the one-month preview period of January 2012, searches on the new platform will default to displaying all relevant book and journal results, unless the user selects to filter to only books or only journals at the time of searching. After January 31, 2012, search results will default to only that journal and/or book content to which a user has full-text access.