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Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I find a library?

There are several OC libraries located across the region at OC Country Sites; however, all OC Country Sites do not have libraries. Please see list of  OC Libraries. Note also, that all UWI members with valid UWI IDs have access to the entire network of UWI libraries.


Where can I find past examination papers?

On this site's menu bar, select "Collections" and navigate to Past Examination Papers. Additionally, printed past examination papers for some face to face courses are available from the OC Library on location where the courses are taught.   


How do I find peer-reviewed articles in UWIlinC?

Firstly, peer-reviewed articles also known as referred or scholarly articles are articles that have been reviewed by other researchers in the subject field deeming the work to be suitable for publication in academic journals.  To find peer-reviewed articles in UWIlinC, after getting the results from your search, select show only "Peer-reviewed Journals" seen at the top of your search results. 


How do I access UWIPress ebooks?

1. Sign in to UWIlinC. 
2. In the UWIlinC main menu near the top of the page, click on Find Databases. 
3. Then click on All Databases to access the  A-Z section.
4. Click on the ‘U’ listing and then click on UWI Press ebooks [Link Only].

On the header bar at the top of the UWI Press home page it will indicate that you are signed in as The University of the West Indies - Open Campus. You may bookmark this page for future use, keep in mind you must be first signed in to myOC or UWIlinC before you can use your bookmarked link.


How do I borrow an ebook from the library?

The OCLIS subscribes to several ebook vendors like EBSCOhost, Ebook Central and ProQuest. Ebooks will be listed amongst your results when you search for information resources using UWIlinC. Alternatively, you may search solely for ebooks by using the "Find e-Books"  on UWIlinC's interface. To access information resources in UWIlinC, first ensure you are signed in to UWIlinC using your Open Campus (OC) credentials. 

Accessing ebooks varies from vendor to vendor and may require you to do an additional sign in. This will require another username and password and not your OC login credentials. (Remember this information for the next time you wish to access resources from that ebook provider).

Ebooks can either be viewed online or borrowed / downloaded. Borrowing / downloading an ebook is equivalent to checking out a physical book from the library with an expiry date. Loans are generally for 24 hours. Some ebooks will require you to have an ebook reader application on your viewing device.