Sharpening the focus
Most databases provide specialized index fields that allow for targetted searching of specific elements, depending on the nature of your search terms.
If your topic focus is the articles of a specific author, you can narrow your search results by performing the following author-search strategy in Academic Search Complete:
1. Click open the index field menu adjacent to the first search box, find and select the AU (author) index code.
2. Enter the name of the author you are researching in the adjacent search box.
3. Click the Search button to perform.
Your search will retrieve a list of articles published by the author that are indexed by the database.
Sometimes its necessary to differentiate an author's works from works about an author.
Author & Subject Searching (respectively) furnish the tools to do just that.
...for Works by an Author
An author search retrieves records of published articles or books by a specific author in a database.
... for Works about an Author.
Subject searching an author's name retrieves research about specific authors:
• biographical data,
• critical reviews,
• historical information, etc.