How to Use the Database on the Internet
Volume 1, No. 2

Fundación ACCESO, in Costa Rica, has brought together several bibliographical databases set up in this country. One of these is the database called "ORMA," which was set up in 1990 and specializes in wetlands and coastal zones documentation. This may well be the best source of bibliographical information on this topic in the region, so we invite our readers to take maximum advantage.

Once connected to the INTERNET on your preferred page, type the following direction in the LOCATION window, or follow this link:

On the Fundación ACCESO page, locate the window that directs you to enter phrases or words that describe concepts. Examples of these could be:

environmental impact

ORMA is a bilingual database so you can also look up the equivalent words or phrases in Spanish.

Under the previous window there is a shaded area that tells you to CLICK HERE in order to begin the search. The system will carry out the search in all of the Foundation’s data, but obviously, if the topic of interest is in the area of wetlands and coastal zones, it will provide more titles from the ORMA database. A titles listing will appear, followed by the institution where the database is located.

Report on the State of the Marine Environment in the Pacific Area of El Salvador (IUCN)

This may be an attractive title to many users, but it is not a bibliographical reference. You will need to click onto the title in order to see the entire reference, and even more importantly, copy the number of the reference in case a copy of the document is needed. The UICN-ORMA Wetlands and Coastal Zones Documentation Center will be pleased to help out with all searches in this database.


  1. Connect to the INTERNET
  2. Type in ACCESO’s address.
  3. Type in the desired topics in the corresponding window.
  4. Click and then review the titles of the documents. If you add IUCN the titles will be from ORMA.
  5. Click on the titles of interest.
  6. Copy the reference. Don’t forget the reference number.
  7. Leave the site and proceed to contact the Wetlands and Coastal Zones Documentation Center.