Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 111

There are several different approaches to finding electronic articles by author.  Most reference librarians prefer to target databases by subject.  To do that from the "Find e-resources" page, choose the subject tab and then choose "indexes to periodical articles."

There are some databases such as the Web of Science that are particularly strong for interdisciplinary research, and some patrons like to use the  library's Quick Search page.   Primo Central and Google Scholar, both large, multi-disciplinary databases, can be helpful too, but it can be challenging to find authors with common names there.  Database vendors, such as ProQuest and Ebsco produce a variety of different databases that can be searched simultaneously to provide wide subject access with single searches.

In the end, there is no one source that is comprehensive, and the best places to search depend a great deal on your topic.  You may want to consult with a local research librarian who can assist you in searching most expeditiously.

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