How does the ALICE Catalog’s advanced author search work? – OHIO University Libraries

How does the ALICE Catalog’s advanced author search work?

Sample Author/Creator Searches
A person Use as much of the name as you know, last name first:

  • shakespeare
  • shakespeare w
  • shakespeare william

Besides writers, you can search for artists, composers, directors, etc.

  • picasso
  • beethoven
  • spielberg

If you want books by a particular person, use the Author search. If you want to see books that other people have written about an author, such as William Shakespeare, then you would put Shakespeare in as a Subject.

A group
  • beatles
An organization
  • ohio university
  • international business machines
  • american medical association
A conference Omit numerical or date-related information in this kind of search:

  • Conference on Applied Climatology

But NOT:

  • Fifth Conference on Applied Climatology
  • 1995 Conference on Applied Climatology

Find a book by author, using ALICE.

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Text directions for finding a book by author:

  1. Beginning on the library home page use the ALICE search box. Change the search from keyword to author.
  2. Enter the name of the author with the last name first.  Example: Hardy, Thomas
  3. The search results may show a number of different authors with the same name.  If there are dates listed for the author’s dates of birth and death, they may help you choose the right one.  Otherwise, you may have to click on a few different authors to see if they have written the types of books you are looking for.
  4. To view all the books by an author, click on their name from the search results.  The results will show all the books in ALICE where they are listed as an author.
  5. If you are searching in ALICE and find a book you like, you can also click on the author’s name right in the record to see more books that they have written.
  6. If you need help locating books by author or any other information, you can always use the OU Libraries’ Ask a Librarian services.

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