Q. How do I find journal articles written by a specific author?

Answered By: Kathryn Ray
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2024     Views: 17095

Some authors maintain websites that include a list of their published works.  Check that first.

The next place to try is Google Scholar (it's different from regular Google.)  AU contracts with Google Scholar to link to many of our databases.  To use the AU version of Google Scholar, go to the library's homepage > Research Assistance > Databases > Google Scholar.  In the upper left of the Google Scholar landing page, select the three horizontal, parallel lines ("hamburger" icon) to select Advanced Search.  This function allows you to search by author.

Google Scholar links to many EBSCO databases; however, you might want to manually search the EBSCO family of databases next because they cover such a wide range of topics.  From the library's homepage under RESEARCH ASSISTANCE > Databases > Academic Search Premier.  On the search page, select the small, blue CHOOSE DATABASES link toward the top left of the page.  Select the SEARCH ALL at at the top of the database list. In the first search box type the author's name (last name, then first name) and select AU Author from the dropdown menu to the right of the search box and search.  If you retrieve too many irrelevant hits, then go back and include a keyword in your search.

You might also want to check ProQuest Central and Science Direct.

If the author has been publishing for many years, you will want to look in JSTOR.  Use the advanced search option and select author.  Note that JSTOR does not have the last three to six years of many articles.

For more suggestions, we recommend looking at the Subject Guide "Who Cited Whom", which explains how to use Web of Science and Scopus.  From the library's homepage under RESEARCH ASSISTANCE, select Subject Guides > All Guides > Who Cited Whom.  Also look at Scholarly Research Impact Metrics.

We have over 600 databases, so there are many places to look! For subject-specific database recommendations, select Subject Guides under RESEARCH ASSISTANCE on the library homepage. 

If you have any questions or would like additional help, please visit our Ask a Librarian page.



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