Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to Search by Author

If you need to find an article or book by a specific author, and you don't have any title or journal information, or don't know what library database to look in, there are a couple ways to proceed:

For books
there are 3 options:
    • Go to our E-Book Catalog and type in the author's name (e.g. Fyodor Dostoyevsky) and switch the "Field to Search" to Author.
    • If the title is not in our collection, use WorldCat and type the author name in the Author search box provided. This will tell you if there is a library near you that has the book on it's shelves.
    • Use the Advanced Google Book Search to search by author name.
For articles you have multiple options too:
    • Multi-Database Search: click on the "Advanced Search" tab, type in the author name, select Author from the drop-down menu and select one or more Subjects or Databases to search.
    • Search multiple EBSCO, ProQuest or Gale Group databases at once. Each of these vendors provides several very extensive databases covering all fields of study and the ability to search all the databases within each at the same time. This can be helpful if the author name is a common one and you might want to limit the results with keywords or dates.
    • Use Google Scholar and click on the "Advanced Scholar Search" link to the right of the search box and use the Author search box there.

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