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Database quick guides: ACM Digital Library

Quick references of the most central databases in the University of Oulu

ACM Digital Library - database guide


Finding variations of a word

Wildcard characters

* replaces 0...n characters            comput* retrieves computer, compute, computing computation        

? replaces any single character    compute? retrieves computer and computed (doesn't retrieve computers)

Wildcards cannot be used at the start of a search term or when searching for phrases within quotes.    


The singular form of a word finds various forms    

steel retrieves steel, steels
chat retrieves chat, chatting


phrase in quotation marks

= exact phrase    "information system" 


Boolean operators


No proximity operators


The default operator between search terms is OR     ​

Export references to Mendeley:           

Use Mendeley web importer -tool

Or export references

Select the references which you want to export.
» select Export citations and from drop-down menu
» click from the right bottom corner of  the window
Download citation icon
» save the reference on your computer

» Login to your Mendeley account and select  Add new and files from the computer.

» You can move the reference to some specific collection in your Mendeley account.


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