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What is VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia)?  

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Project is a cooperative venture among Virginia's publicly supported academic libraries and was originally funded in the 1994 legislative session. It provides Internet access to a number of electronic resources, including:

  • African-American Poetry Full Text Database: over 2,500 poems from 1760 to 1900

  • American Poetry: from the Colonial period to the early 20th century

  • Britannica Online 

  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts: over 70 databases 

  • Factiva

  • English Poetry Database: over 4,000 works by 1,350 poets from 600 A.D. to 1900 

  • English Verse Drama: over 1,500 works from the 12th century to the 19th century 

  • FirstSearch: nearly 50 databases 

  • GaleNet databases, including Contemporary Authors 

  • InfoTrac (Gale): Computer Database, Expanded Academic, General Business, Health Reference, etc  

  • MathSciNet: Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications, 1940-present 

  • Oxford English Dictionary

  • Project Muse: full-text to over 40 journals published by The Johns Hopkins University Press

Because VIVA exists for higher education in Virginia, many of the resources funded by VIVA are IP-dependent, meaning the Internet address of the computer accessing the services must be linked to an institution of higher education in Virginia (e.g., ODU addresses end in .odu.edu). Off-campus users may be denied access.  Ask a Reference Librarian for more information about VIVA resources, or visit the VIVA Web site.

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Contact:  Karen Vaughan  kvaughan@odu.edu
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