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Digital Media Production Databases
UWI Mona Library Databases
Access restricted to students and staff of UWI, Mona
Contains full text access to millions of free scholarly articles, book chapters and theses.
An authoritative directory of academic open access repositories covering information in several disciplines.
It is a social networking site covering multidisciplinary information and a medium for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and collaborate.
Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.
Boolean Search Techniques
Database Search Tips
Spell words correctly
Use keywords to search-These are the nouns or significant words in your research questions.
Use Boolean operators-These are words (connectors) placed between search terms to narrow or expand a search. They are: AND, OR and NOT.
- AND-helps to narrow your search
- OR-helps to broaden your search
- NOT-helps to narrow your search
Truncation-This allows you to search the "root" form of a word with all its different endings by adding a symbol to the end of the word. e.g. bank* will yield results with words such as bank, banking, bankers and bankruptcy
Note. The asterisk * is the most common truncation symbol but there are others but databases vary. e.g. bank! bank? bank+
Check the help feature to ascertain the truncation symbol used.
Utilize phrase searching-It allows you to retrieve specific information from commonly used phrases. e.g. "social networking"