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Annual Reviews Online  Now Available to VIVA Libraries  

The Virtual Library of Virginia
For Immediate Release: Fairfax, Virginia 7/31/2000

VIVA Licenses Review Essays from Annual Reviews Online

Through the efforts of VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia, students and faculty across the Commonwealth are now able to search through the online contents of Annual Reviews in a multitude of disciplines.  The Annual Reviews provide state-of-the-art reports by experts on the current scholarship in many fields, and are an invaluable support to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate inquiry.  In addition to containing the full text of review essays published since 1996, tables of contents are included for 1984 to 1995, as well as previews of topics for upcoming annual issues.

What’s hot in Biochemistry?  A student can easily browse online the Annual Review of Biochemistry for 1999, and find an essay article by Monty Krieger entitled “Charting the Fate of the ‘Good Cholesterol’” which critically reviews current research on this topic, providing a comprehensive bibliography (over 250 works) for additional reading.  The article, in Adobeâ PDF format, contains all the original color graphics from the print version.  In addition, direct links allow the researcher to jump to:

  • abstracts of the cited articles in other services such as Medline and ISI’s Web of Science

  • similar articles in Annual Reviews in Biochemistry

  • a list of recent articles that have cited the Krieger article. 

In addition to browsing entire volumes, students may conduct searches for authors or subjects.  A search on “organizational behavior” in Annual Review of Sociology retrieves 75 articles, covering such diverse topics as “The Legal Environments of Organizations,” “A Retrospective on the Civil Rights Movement,” and “Sexuality in the Workplace.” 

Faculty and graduate students may wish to be notified when new content is available online.  They may easily register for this service, called eTOCs.  A message containing the table of contents of the newest issue will arrive in their email inbox when that issue is available online, providing a convenient way to stay abreast of new developments. 

Annual Reviews Online may be searched by going to the Annual Reviews website at

This new VIVA subscription covers all of the Annual Reviews:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure
Cell and Developmental Biology
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ecology and Systematics
Energy and the Environment
Fluid Mechanics
Materials Science

Nuclear and Particle Science
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physical Chemistry
Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology
Political Science
Public Health

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).