Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Database quick guides: ACM Digital Library

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

ACM Digital Library



Finding variations of a word



Wildcard characters

* replaces 0...n characters


? replaces any single character


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

comput* retrieves computercompute

computing computation 


compute? retrieves computer            and computed


doesn't retrieve computers

The singular form of a word finds various forms steel retrieves steel, steels
chat retrieves chat, chatting
Phrases phrase in quotation marks
= exact phrase
"information system" 

Boolean operators



No proximity operators



Tips The default operator between search terms is AND 

Export citations

Use Save to RefWorks tool or export full text or import references:

Select references to export.

>select Export citations and BibTex from the menu

> click Download citation icon from the right bottom corner

> save the reference

In RefWorks select the bibTex format (not ACM Digital Library) 



Using ACM Digital Library