Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2017     Views: 531

When you find that perfect article or book, you might like to explore the author's other work, to see if he or she wrote more on your research topic.  Below, see two ways that you can search our library by author's name.

Since Summon searches for both articles and books, it's a good place to do a comprehensive author search.


1. Click to the library's homepage

2.  Look for the big search box in the center of the page, under the "Articles & Databases" tab. 

3.  Beneath the search box, click "Advanced Search."    Click image to view larger:

Summon Advanced Search link

4.  Use the drop-down menu next to the first search box to select "Author" and type the author's name in the box (check your spelling carefully!).  Click image to view larger:

Summon Author Search

5.  Scroll down to the bottom of the Advanced Search screen and click "Search."

Summon Search Button

6.  On the results page, you should see articles, books and more by authors with the same name.   Click the "full text" links to start reading.

  • Keep in mind that searching for a common name (like John Smith) may bring up the wrong person (or several wrong persons).  If you have trouble finding the right person, consider adding keywords related to the topic that the right person wrote about (aka John Smith and climate change).


If you're searching the library's individual databases, like EBSCO or the Books & eBooks Catalog, you can easily find out what else is in that database by the same author.  


1. Click the title of an article or book by the author that interests you.  Here is an example from EBSCO (click to view larger):

Click article title.

2.  Look for the list of authors' names -- they will typically be blue, because they are links!   Click the name of the author whose work you are interested in seeing.

Click author's name.

3.  If the database has more articles or books by that author, they will be listed for you to explore.