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Ovid Databases in Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities

The Virtual Library of Virginia
For Immediate Release: Fairfax, Virginia 9/29/1999


VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia now offers five premier databases covering the fields of Nursing, Education, Literature, Psychology and Sociology. Each of the five is widely recognized as the single most important resource for access to current research and scholarship in its discipline and each is organized and indexed to address the unique needs of researchers in the field it covers. The search interface for those databases is provided by Ovid, cited by Information Today as "a company that has consistently been on the cutting edge of technological innovation." The following five databases will provide students and faculty at VIVA institutions across the Commonwealth with unparalleled search capabilities and fast, comprehensive electronic access to current, authoritative information.

CINAHL 1982 to present

The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health (CINAHL) database provides comprehensive coverage of the nursing and allied health literature. In addition to journals this database covers books, dissertations, conference proceeding, standards of professional practice, software and AV materials. Abstracts provide summaries for most references. Advanced search capabilities enable researchers to take advantage of specialized medical terminology and zero in on topics of interest. It is possible to focus searches in many ways including nursing specialty, type of journal, and patient type.

ERIC 1966 to present

ERIC is a national education database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC, the largest education database in the world, covers journals, research documents, technical reports, curricular materials and much more. Abstracts are provided for most references. ERIC employs sophisticated indexing designed to meet the needs of educational researchers by helping searchers discover narrower, broader and related concepts. ERIC also enables searching by categories such as publication type, educational level, and language.

MLA International Bibliography 1963 to present

Produced by the Modern Language Association of America, the MLA International Bibliography indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics and folklore. Coverage includes journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings and other materials. This database includes more than one million references. Examples of the ways in which searches may be limited include language, time period, place, performance medium, and literary theme or genre.

PsycINFO 1887 to present

The PsycINFO database covers the international professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines dating back to 1887. Related disciplines include medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics. Abstracts are provided for most references. A specialized vocabulary makes it easy to see the relationships between concepts in psychology and to narrow or broaden searches. Using predefined categories, it is also possible to restrict searches in many ways, for example, by age group, human or animal studies, psychological specialties, treatment and prevention, tests and measures, or publication type.

Sociological Abstracts 1963 to present

Sociological Abstracts covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines. In addition to journals, Sociological Abstracts covers conference papers, dissertations, selected books, and book reviews. Abstracts provide summaries of sources indexed.

Ovid Search Capabilities

Ovid is known for its quick response time and for the quality of its search interface. The Ovid interface is easy to use, sophisticated and powerful. Ovid's graphical design makes searching simple and intuitive. Buttons, forms, checkboxes and pull-down menus help researchers develop complex searches quickly and results from searches are easily customized to suit the needs of students and faculty. Features include:


The powerful search capabilities of Ovid along with the wealth of information contained in the five new databases result in a combination that is unbeatable. There is something for just about everyone in this package.

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, cooperative, 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).