How do I find articles from an author in a specific field?
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2022     Views: 3

To find articles from an author in a specific field, you want to begin by searching within subject-specific databases.

  1. From the library homepage, click on the Research Databases icon.
  2. Next, click on the subject drop-down menu at the top and select your subject.
  3. You will then see the databases listed within that subject that you can search from.

If you don’t see your specific subject, it’s okay! You can just select the closest subject. Let’s say that you are looking for authors in cybersecurity - a good option would be to select Information Sciences & Technology.

Select a database that you want to search within and enter any search terms on your topic. Often, the authors of articles in the databases you are searching are working in that field since they are writing about it.

Browse through the different articles and click on the article title by the author that interests you. Once you find an author, you can then perform a search of their name in the database to explore more of their writings.

Locating articles by a specific author

Most databases allow you to search by author name. Look for the Advanced Search link in the database you are using. Once you open the Advanced Search Page, look for a drop-down menu that allows you to search by author. Here is an example of the format to use for searching by author name:

"Mark Twain" OR "Twain, Mark"

Finding articles written by a nurse

To find articles written by a nurse, you will want to search within the database, CINAHL Complete. This database lets you limit to articles written by a nurse.

To do this, click on Advanced Search and check the “Any Author is Nurse” box. This will pull articles in which at least one author is a nurse.  

For tips on developing a search strategy, feel free to check out our How Do I guide on How to Develop a Search Strategy.


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