Helpful Search Tips for the Best Results from our Database

The Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Publication Database consists of reliable sources of information found in peer-reviewed scientific journals, books, websites, thesis/dissertations, and government documentation associated with marine/coastal management and conservation in the Caribbean region from 1998 to the present. Over 50% of the resources found in the database are freely available online.

However, it is NOT a comprehensive database of all of the marine studies performed in the Caribbean. The purpose of this database is to serve as a reliable portal of information for studies that focus on managing and conserving our natural marine and coastal resources in the Caribbean, including international countries.

There are presently 15 categories (subjects): Biogeochemical studies; Climate change; Coasts; Communities/Populations; Conservation; Contamination/Pollution; Coral reefs; Fisheries; Management/Policy; Mangroves; Marine ecology; Marine protected areas/Reserves; Ocean circulation; Sediments; General

Here, we include some helpful search tips to get the best results from our publication database:

  • Please do not use terms such as “marine” and “Caribbean” for your keywords. The publication database is dedicated to marine and coastal studies in the Caribbean. Therefore, unless these words actually appear in the title or abstract of your article or resource, using them in your search will greatly reduce your final results.

For example, if you search for “Mangroves Caribbean”, you’ll get 18 resources.

But if you eliminate “Caribbean” and search for “Mangroves”, you’ll get 36 resources! That’s twice the number of resources!

  • We recommend that you use English terms. Although several of our resources may have some Spanish translations or versions, most of the resources listed are in English.
  • Search by the author’s last name. Some references are easily found by the name of the author(s) of the report or article you are searching for.
  • Search by using ONE keyword or “root” word that summarizes the main topic or subject of your inquiry. For example, when searching for a certain type of coral species and you have trouble finding it, try searching using “coral” for a broader range of results. If you’re using a keyword that is very specific, you may be limiting the number of resources that may be associated with your main topic.
  • Use Advanced Search to narrow down search hits and customize your search based on your interests. With this option, you can select from a list of options (e.g., keywords, resource type, creator, etc.) along with your keyword.
  • Use our “Select” option from our Resource Menu if you’re still having limited results. This search option gives you a list (from different types of fields) of all of our resources to choose from.
  • If all else fails, send us an e-mail with the information that you’re searching for and we’ll try to help. Our quick tutorial on how to use the publication database can also be very helpful. You can access this tutorial at any time from the CLME database Homepage.

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