The New York Society Library’s Cataloging Department recently took a field trip to another membership library,
Project MUSE e-books
The Library offers our members access to more than 2,500 e-books in Project MUSE's Archival Subject Foundation Collection for History. These are scholarly university press books on various history topics. Click here to see a complete list of our holdings in the Library catalog.
Finding E-books via Project MUSE
Project MUSE displays search results for e-books along with journal content. There is a pull-down menu to the right of the search field that allows users to limit results to just books or journals.
The browse option displays all e-books in Project MUSE (over 15,000), including those to which the Library does not have access. You may limit results to content that Library members have access to by checking that option on the left side of the screen.
Finding E-books via our Online Catalog
Project MUSE e-books may also be found by searching our online catalog (by author, title, subject, etc.). They will appear in the list of search results alongside printed books, and are identified by the following note: "Availability: 1 copy available at Online Resource."
Browse e-book holdings in the Library catalog by searching Project MUSE in the author field or e-book in the call number field.
Members connect to the book in the Project MUSE database via links in the bibliographic record (found under "Connect To").
After an e-book is selected, Project MUSE displays the table of contents with an option to download a PDF of each chapter. PDFs may be saved, printed, or e-mailed. While there is no option to download the entire book as a single file, there are no limits to how much content one can download. Members can read PDFs on any computer, or transfer them to a hand-held device that displays PDFs. There are no loan periods, and all books allow multi-user access.
Another excellent feature to be aware of is Search Inside this Book. Users can quickly and easily find the chapters in which their research interest appears.
For further assistance, please contact a reference librarian, or visit the reference desk.
The handout from a recent Library tech class on e-books can be found here.