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The Virtual Library of Virginia
For Immediate Release: Fairfax, Virginia 7/26/2000
VIVA Licenses Online Nursing Journals
Student nurses and nursing faculty across the state now have easy and convenient online access to the very latest clinical and research information from a collection of 17 core nursing and clinical medicine journals licensed by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. Nursing education in Virginia spans the Commonwealth and benefits communities in every region. According to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) <formerly available at http://www.schev.edu/html/statistics/deginv/area/area.heal.html> there are 65 nursing programs at higher education institutions in the state offering credentials ranging from a 2-year certificate to the PhD.
Access to current, authoritative information is critical to this large-scale educational enterprise. Online journals now available through VIVA offer broad support for nursing education at many levels. For example, a student beginning an emergency nursing clinical rotation will be able to go online to find articles on the latest ER diagnostic techniques for stroke victims; articles will include charts, tables and other graphics -- even sample EKGs and diagrams showing proper placement of electrodes. A nursing faculty member will be able to quickly retrieve a review of the research literature on neurological rehabilitation nursing in order to prepare for a lecture; many of the references will include links to database abstracts and other articles. And a student conducting research on the safety of underwater births will have access to the latest studies published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Contents of the following journals are now available to students and faculty in every public college, university, and community college in Virginia. Recent articles cover topics ranging from the return of the West Nile virus to LASIK surgery. Coverage of issues dating back five or more years is the norm for most of the journals.
American Journal of Nursing;
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology;
Anesthesia & Analgesia;
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics;
Computers in Nursing;
Heart & Lung: Journal of Acute & Critical Care;
JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing;
Journal of Advanced Nursing;
Journal of Emergency Nursing;
Journal of Nursing Administration;
Nursing & Health Care Perspectives;
The contents of those 17 titles are accessible from Journals @ Ovid Full Text. Articles may be browsed, searched, printed, downloaded or emailed. In addition, Journals @ Ovid Full Text includes a database that indexes and provides table of contents access to citations, abstracts and article reference lists from more than 300 other, mostly health science journals. Detailed journal descriptions, usage notes and information for authors are provided for each journal title.
It is possible to limit a search to full-text articles, to specify a publication date range or specific journal title, to search for words in article references or to look for words in article titles. Each article includes charts, tables and other graphics in context and each is formatted to resemble the original printed publication. Navigation capabilities make it easy to move from place to place within a journal issue or article, to move from one article to related articles or to jump to database citations for items in an article’s reference list. The researcher can also browse the table of contents of a journal issue and go immediately to articles of interest. While it is possible to search Journals @ Ovid Full Text, nursing students and faculty will probably prefer a nursing subject index as the main access path to the journals licensed by VIVA.
The premier database for access to the nursing literature is the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). CINAHL has already been licensed by VIVA and is thus available to the same institutions that will benefit from access to the recently licensed online nursing journals. CINAHL provides comprehensive indexing of nursing journals and selected coverage of articles that relate to nursing from medical journals covered by the VIVA license. When a researcher does a search on a topic in CINAHL, references to articles on that topic from the journals licensed by VIVA will include links to the articles themselves. CINAHL is not the only subject access path to the online journals. PsycINFO, a psychology database also licensed by VIVA, provides access to psychology-related articles in the journals licensed by VIVA. Users of libraries that license other subject databases from Ovid, for example, Medline or BIOSIS, will also find links from citations to articles in the nursing and medical journals offered by VIVA.
VIVA continues to expand its offerings of high quality full-text academic information. The nursing education community in Virginia is the latest group to benefit from convenient access to articles from a broad selection of core journals. Nursing students and faculty now have tools that will enable them to search the nursing literature and connect immediately to thousands of articles covering research, clinical practice and professional issues in nursing.
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
B222 Fenwick Library
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: (703) 993-4652