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English 112 (English Composition II)

Library Access

Easy Access to VIVA Databases from home or office

http://www.jsr.vccs.edu/jsr_lrc/proxy.htm is one helpful link for details.

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) is a collection of databases of useful resource materials, which are not available on the Web because the libraries of the Virginia Community College System pay to subscribe to these collections of articles.

Some of these databases include the following:

InfoTrac | Factiva  | CQ Researcher | FACTs.com |
SIRS | Literature Resource Center | Access Science | Ovid | WorldCat

These databases are licensed by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).  In the past they were accessible only through on-campus Internet terminals.  Now you can access these databases from an off-campus location (i.e., home, office, etc.) via an EZ proxy server.

What do I need in order to access the licensed databases off-campus?

To access these databases from an off campus location, you will  need:

  • A computer with Internet access
  • A VCCS-assigned user name and password

How do I get a VCCS assigned username/password to access licensed databases off campus?

All students are authenticated in the VCCS's Directory Server. The student's record in the Directory is created automatically as part of the course registration process, regardless of which VCCS college a student calls home.   The user id and password are stored in the Directory when it is created.

NOTE: E-mail, Blackboard, and off-campus access to the electronic databases all use the same userid and password.

Userid/customer id:  Go to http://whoami.vccs.edu to look up your vccs assigned email address.  (Note: Your social security number is your student ID #.) Your userid is the same as your VCCS E-mail user name -- the part before the @--INCLUDING THE FOUR NUMBERS.  For example, a user whose  E-mail address is ASMITH9999@email.vccs.edu, would use ASMITH9999 as the userid to open the online library.

Password: The default password is your date of birth MMDDYY, the same as your VCCS E-mail account or Blackboard account.  For example, for someone born on November 22, 1985, their password would be 112285.


To use InfoTrac, for instance, click the link and have your passcodes ready to fill in a screen that looks like the one below.  Scrolling down on this page will show reminders about how to find out your user ID and that your password is your birthdate.


NOTE information about LRC LIVE, an interactive, real-time chat room with a Reynolds’s research librarian.  Several students have connected a reference librarian online with VERY positive reports about how helpful and personal this service is.

(Online chat with a librarian in real time)

VIVA: The Virtual Library of Virginia

To access the entire VIrtual Library of VirginiA, click the logo, above.  All collections, links to higher education libraries in Virginia, and links to dozens of single and multiple search engines are included, along with directions for access.

Click the purple quilt piece on
each root page to go to the Litonline sitemap.