Conducting Library Research

Author Search

Author searches are used to locate works written by an individual, a group of individuals or a larger entity like a corporation, organization or government agency. Most search fields require the last name of an individual be entered first. First names or initials, included after a comma, will narrow the search.

Steps of an Author Search Using CSU's SAGE Catalog

Step One

The screen-shot below illustrates the first step in a SAGE author search for works by John Steinbeck. Feel free to open the SAGE catalog in a new browser window and become the researcher yourself. Select the "Author" tab and then follow the discussion below.

Screen shot of SAGE author search

As you can see, the researcher has selected the Author tab and entered the author's name into the search field. Notice the results are to be sorted by year, one of the choices provided on the drop-down menu.

Step Two

This screen-shot illustrates the results page returned after submitting the request.

Screen shot of SAGE author search

Notice the results include 126 records of which the first 12 are displayed. Each record will also display information about the author, the book, the publisher and, most importantly, its location, call # and status. As you can see, there are a number of electronic links available.

Step Three

The final screen-shot illustrates the expanded information that comes from clicking on the underlined title.

Screen shot of SAGE author search

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