Free Resources on MUSE During COVID-19

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In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.

Read the full announcement about free access to MUSE content. Please contact MUSE Customer Support with any questions.

Making Free Content Discoverable

To assist libraries with making the temporarily-free books and journals easily discoverable by users, we have created a collection and associated metadata files for the content, and shared this information with the major discovery system knowledge bases. The files are by resource type (book / journal), and will be continuously updated as additional content is made available. Download MARC records, KBART files, or title lists using the links below, or look for these file names to activate them in your preferred discovery system. The end date for free access to content varies by publisher; please see the publisher list below for details.

Project MUSE Free Books (txt format)
Project Muse Free Journals (txt format)

MARC Files
Project MUSE Free Books (mrc format)
Project MUSE Free Journals (mrc format)

Title List
Project MUSE Free Books (xlsx format)
Project MUSE Free Journals (xlsx format)

Participating Publishers

The following publishers have chosen to temporarily make content freely available on Project MUSE. Each publisher designates the specific content and for how long it will be freely available on MUSE. We will update this list on a daily basis.

Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive “Free” icon, different from the “OA” icon used for fully open access content on MUSE, or the familiar green checkmark that users associate with content held by their library. MUSE search results, by default, include any content to which a user has access, so will offer the researcher any relevant free, OA, or entitled articles and books. There are over 2,000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on the MUSE platform.