Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2018     Views: 3890

One way to try to find articles by a specific author is to use Thoreau, our multi-database search tool.


Note about author names in Library databases:

Databases typically use the following formats:

  • lastname, firstname  (e.g., Jefferson, Thomas)

  • lastname, first initial  (e.g., Jefferson, T)

Typing in the author name in the firstname lastname format (e.g., Thomas Jefferson) will usually get you articles about the person, instead of articles written by them.



You can follow these steps to search by author name in Thoreau:

1.  On the Library homepage, type the author's name in the search box and click search. 

Tip: Expand your search terms by including variations of the author's name, including both the full first name and initials. Connect the name variations with OR.

Examples of how one author has his name listed:

Maslow, Abraham

Maslow, Abraham H

Maslow, AH

Maslow, A. H.


2. Type the variations of the name into the first search box: 

For example: 

Maslow, Abraham OR Maslow, A. H.

3.  Change the drop-down menu next to the first search box to AU Author.


4.  Click Search.

Tip: If the author has a common name (e.g., John Watson), add topic keywords to the other search boxes. Adding additional terms to your search helps to narrow results to the specific author you want to find.

This image shows this search: 

In the first search box: John Watson 

First row has AU Author selected from the drop-down menu.

In the second search box: behaviorism



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