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The Virtual Library of Virginia
Project Muse Expands Offerings of Online Social Science and Humanities Journals
Researchers in the hard sciences have long benefited from electronic access to journals and from the current and timely information provided by online databases and indexes. Now, scholars in the humanities and the social sciences are equally well served by Project Muse, one of the databases acquired by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. Students and faculty of the Commonwealth's publicly supported academic institutions have ready, online access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the fields of history, literature and criticism, political science, the visual and performing arts, education, gender studies, and many other areas.
Project Muse rather appropriately takes its name from the nine goddesses of the arts and sciences in Greek and Roman mythology--the Muses. The program was inaugurated in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, one of the country's oldest university presses, and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. Its original purpose was to publish the full text of the Press's several dozen scholarly journals on the World Wide Web. In the year 2000, however, the project expanded with the addition of over sixty journals from other scholarly publishers. Full-text journals from publishers like Oxford University Press are being added at a steady pace, more than doubling the offerings from Project Muse during the past year.
Project Muse allows users to:
Project Muse's user-friendly interface includes hypertext links for navigation among article bibliographies and notes, page numbers from the print editions of issues embedded in the electronic text for ease of referencing, and Library of Congress subject headings following each article title in the tables of contents for accurate searching. Project Muse's mission of making full-text journals available to institutions at reasonable costs prompted Peter V. Deekle of Wheaton College to praise the endeavor as "a precedent-setting venture in scholarly electronic publishing with consistently high performance and reliability."
VIVA users can access Project Muse at http://muse.jhu.edu/.
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
B222 Fenwick Library
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: (703) 993-4652