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Search skills: Finding works by a particular author

Applying theoretical frameworks and methods to your research


A simple search in Summon, as shown below, will find books and articles by a particular author, but also books and articles about that author, or which only mention him or her in passing:


But what if you are only interested in works by Barthes?  There are two options, firstly, you can click on his name in any search result, to be taken to a list of those of his works included  in Summon:


Alternatively, you can go to Summon's advanced search screen.  If you are starting from the library homepage, follow this link:


Or from Summon's results screen, follow the Options link at the right of the search box:


Once on the advanced search screen, change the first All Fields box to Author, and run your search again:


For living authors, use a general search engine to see if they have a homepage or online list of publications, perhaps on the website of a university or other institution to which they are attached. if that institution maintains a repository, that can be a worthwhile place to search too.