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VIVA Licenses Online Journals from Oxford University Press

The Virtual Library of Virginia
For Immediate Release: Fairfax, Virginia 3/28/2001

Oxford University Press Journals Now Available to VIVA Libraries

With such “companion” volumes as The Oxford Companion to American History, scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, children’s books, textbooks, and, of course, the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, the Oxford University Press (OUP) is not only a well-respected book publisher but also the world’s largest university press. It is also one of the oldest. Its first book appeared in 1478--only two years after William Caxton began running the first printing press in England. As a department of the University of Oxford in England, it is therefore not surprising that the publishing company adheres to the University’s objective of "excellence in research, scholarship, and education."

By following these traditional values, the Oxford University Press has also become widely recognized as a premier publisher of journals. The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) is pleased to announce a licensing agreement with the Press so that students and faculty at public higher education institutions in Virginia will have online access to 134 periodical titles in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. Furthermore, the Press is scheduled to make available another 50 electronic titles in 2001. The full text of these online journals is generally available for the past several years, though abstracts of articles date back additional years. Articles are available in PDF and/or HTML formats.

An alphabetical list of the titles with easy-to-read holdings and abstract information is on the Online Journals page . From here readers can either click on any of 26 subject fields or on a particular title. They can browse articles from a current journal or select articles from back issues. Home pages of individual journals feature descriptive summaries of the publications, titles of similar OUP journals, instructions for would-be contributors, and editorial information such as editors' names, snail mail and email addresses, phone numbers, and FAX numbers.

Where appropriate, special features are also included. The home page for Early Music, for example, has links from articles to both audio sound clips and facsimile reproductions of source documents.

Other features make the OUP journals particularly useful for researchers. By subscribing to "Content Alerting", students and faculty in Virginia can regularly receive by email the latest table of contents of any OUP periodical(s). They can perform keyword searches of the contents of one issue of a title or all its issues in the database. And to answer students' often-asked question, "Which index covers this periodical?" help is only a few mouse clicks away: students need only go to the home page of the journal and click on "About this Journal." The "Abstracting and Indexing Services" section lists the various reference works that cover that particular publication.

Whatever the subject area, all of these features will help keep Virginia students and faculty on the cutting edge of academic research.

VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia, is the consortium of the libraries of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (at 52 campuses) within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, 32 independent (private, non-profit) institutions and The Library of Virginia participate where possible. VIVA's mission is to provide, in an equitable, co-operative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia's academic libraries serving the higher education community. VIVA is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


For additional information contact:
Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
B222 Fenwick Library
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: (703) 993-4652



VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).