The Author Search function provides an easy way to identify and retrieve all the works by a particular author. By focusing on what you know about the person, the Author Search function helps to separate works by different people who have the same name.
Author names are in the form: last name followed by up to four initials. A last name can contain a hyphen, a space, or an apostrophe. For example:
Search for an Author Name
Exact Matches Only Check Box
Some authors publish their works under one name while others publish their works under more than one name.
When the Exact Matches check box is cleared, the system turns on auto truncation. When you select the check box, auto truncation is disabled. For example:
Hint: When viewing the results of a search from the Distinct Author Record Sets table, look for the Also published as tag to see if the author may have published his or her works under different names.
Database, Timespan, and Current Limits Settings
When you perform an Author Search, the product searches all editions and all years in your subscription entitlements package. However, you can turn on or turn off other Current Limits settings such as Lemmatization, Records per Page, and Sort options before using the Author Search function. For example:
Research Domains / Research Areas
Select the research domains and research areas associated with the author. At the top of the page, the name of the author appears in the Current Selection(s) field along with the total record count. For example:
There are five research domains. They include:
You can expand each research domain to view the associated research areas that fall under each domain. You can select specific research areas to search or you can select a specific research domain and the system automatically selects all research areas that fall under that domain. This rule applies when you select the All Research Domains check box--the system includes all research areas in the search.
The record count shows the total number of articles published by the author in each research domain. If you included multiple name variants in your search, the system combines all names and the record count will include the published works by all author variants.
However, keep in mind that some published journal articles may be assigned to more than one research domain or research area. In this instance, the total Record Count may be less than the combined record count of all research domains. For example, a published article may be assigned to Physical Sciences and Technology. The record, however, is only counted once in the total Record Count.
Organization Name Table
Select the organization names associated with the published works of the authors.
The Record Count column shows the total number of records associated with a particular organization. The record count includes all published works by the author in one of the research domains and research areas selected from the Research Domains page. Keep in mind that some published works may be associated with more than one organization.
Include records that do not contain organization information
Keep in mind, that organization names are pulled from the Address(es) field of the Full Record for all the records found in the search. By selecting this check box, you are telling the system to include all records in the final results that do not contain organization information in the Address(es) field of a Full Record
The system returns an error message if you enter a Boolean in the Last Name \ First Name field without using quotation marks. For example, "OR" returns results but OR returns an error message.
This rules only applies to the Last Name \ First Name field -- it does not apply to the Initials field. For example, entering Smith (last name) and OR (initials) is a valid search and will return results.
About Author Names
Different authors may be represented by the same name in the product database. For example, Richard J. Johnson and Robert J. Johnson may appear as Johnson RJ.
Conversely, the same author may be represented by different names, particularly if he or she has a long publication history. For example, Barbara Demmig-Adams is indexed as: