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Do an Author Search when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Author Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.
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''[[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Authors Search''' <br>
  
== Steps to Search by Author ==
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Do an '''Authors Search''' when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Authors Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.
  
The following steps will help you use the Author Search.
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== Steps to Search by Authors  ==
  
# Go to [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org].
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The following steps will help you use the Authors Search.  
# Click the '''Family History Library Catalog''' link under the heading Search Genealogy Records &amp; Library.
 
# Click '''Author Search'''.
 
# Type the last name of the author or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.
 
# Type a first name (optional).
 
# Click '''Search'''.
 
# Click the name of the author that matches your request.
 
# Click a title to see details of the record.
 
# Click '''View Film Notes''' to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
 
  
== Strategies for Using an Author Search ==
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#Go the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog].
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#Click '''Places''' to close the Places Search.
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#Click '''Authors Search''' to open it.
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#Type the last name of the author, or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.
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#Type a first name (optional).
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#Click '''Search'''.
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#Click the name of the author that matches your request.
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#Click a title to see details of the record.
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#Click '''View Film Notes''' to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
  
If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.
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If you do not know how to spell the author's name, truncate (shorten) it or use a wild card character to replace letters you do not know. The more of the author’s name you type, the smaller the results list will be.
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== Strategies for Using an Authors Search  ==
  
For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Jer''' in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.
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If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.  
  
Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing'''St. John’s''' will give you a long results list. Typing '''St. John's Hampton''' will give you a shorter list.
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If you do not know how to spell the author's name, truncate (shorten) it or use a wild card character to replace letters you do not know. The more of the author’s name you type, the smaller the results list will be.  
  
== How Do I Understand the Results of an Author Search? ==
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For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing '''Smith''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Jer*''' in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.
  
An Author Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.
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Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing '''St. John’s''' will give you a long results list. Typing '''St. John's Hampton''' will give you a shorter list.  
  
The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):
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== How Do I Understand the Results of an Authors Search?  ==
  
* The name of the author.
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An Authors Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.  
* The catalog entries the author is tied to.
 
* References to other authors.
 
* Notes about the author.
 
  
== What If I Do Not Find an Author I Want? ==
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The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):
  
You may not find an author you want for several reasons. Before concluding that the catalog does not have any records you want, consider the following strategies:
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*The name of the author.  
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*The catalog entries the author is tied to.
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*References to other authors.
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*Notes about the author.
  
* Be sure you typed the author’s name correctly.
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== What If I Do Not Find an Author I Want?  ==
* Broaden your search term, in case the author’s name is spelled differently than you expect. Try typing spelling variations. You can also truncate the name. For example, if you typed '''Villalobos''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Domingo M''' in the "First Name" field, try typing '''Villalo''' in the "Last Name" field and '''Do''' in the "First Name" field.
 
* Use a different search, such as a Keyword Search.
 
  
== Who Is Considered an Author in the Catalog? ==
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You may not find an author you want for several reasons. Before concluding that the catalog does not have any records you want, consider the following strategies:
  
The catalog lists two types of authors in the "Author" field:
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*Be sure you typed the author’s name correctly.
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*Broaden your search term, in case the author’s name is spelled differently than you expect. Try typing spelling variations. You can also truncate the given name. For example, if you typed&nbsp;'''Cann''' in the "Last Name" field and&nbsp;'''George''' in the "First Name" field without finding the right one, try typing '''Cann''' in the "Last Name" field and&nbsp;'''G''' in the "First Name" field.
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*Use a different search, such as a Keyword Search.
  
* A main author is the person or organization chiefly responsible for the creation of an item described in the catalog.
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== Who Is Considered an Author in the Catalog?  ==
* An added author is a person or organization that acts as a compiler, editor, translator, and so forth.
 
* If the catalog entry describes an item that refers to another item, you will see the author and title of the referenced item. This information is labeled Name/Title.
 
  
If the person’s or corporate body’s name is also listed as a subject in the catalog entry, you will find works about that person or corporate body by doing an Author Search.
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The catalog lists two types of authors in the "Author" field:
  
== How Do I Find Other Catalog Entries by or about an Author? ==
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*A main author is the person or organization chiefly responsible for the creation of an item described in the catalog.
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*An added author is a person or organization that acts as a compiler, editor, translator, and so forth.
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*If the catalog entry describes an item that refers to another item, you will see the author and title of the referenced item. This information is labeled Name/Title.
  
The Author Details record lists the titles of catalog entries by or about the author.
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If the person’s or corporate body’s name is also listed as a subject in the catalog entry, you will find works about that person or corporate body by doing an Author Search.  
  
You can find the Author Details record in two ways:
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== How Do I Find Other Catalog Entries by or about an Author?  ==
  
* If you do an Author Search, click on the author’s name on the results list.
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The Author Details record lists the titles of catalog entries by or about the author.
* Click on the author’s name in a Title Details record.<br> <!--{12051713989341} -->
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You can find the Author Details record in two ways:
[[Category:Family_History_Library_Catalog]] [[Category:Online_library_catalogs]]
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*If you do an Author Search, click on the author’s name on the results list.  
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*Click on the author’s name in a Title Details record.
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Latest revision as of 16:31, 29 May 2016

Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog Gotoarrow.png Authors Search

Do an Authors Search when you want to see catalog entries by or about a certain person, church, society, government agency, and so forth. An Authors Search is especially useful for finding biographies and autobiographies.

Steps to Search by Authors[edit | edit source]

The following steps will help you use the Authors Search.

  1. Go the FamilySearch Catalog.
  2. Click Places to close the Places Search.
  3. Click Authors Search to open it.
  4. Type the last name of the author, or a corporate name. A corporate name can be the name of an archive.
  5. Type a first name (optional).
  6. Click Search.
  7. Click the name of the author that matches your request.
  8. Click a title to see details of the record.
  9. Click View Film Notes to microfilm or microfiche numbers.
FSC Authors Results.png

Strategies for Using an Authors Search[edit | edit source]

If the name you want is a personal name and you want to limit your search, type all or part of the first name in the "First Name" field.

If you do not know how to spell the author's name, truncate (shorten) it or use a wild card character to replace letters you do not know. The more of the author’s name you type, the smaller the results list will be.

For example, if you want to find Jeremiah Smith, typing Smith in the "Last Name" field and nothing in the "First Name" field will give you a long results list. Typing Smith in the "Last Name" field and Jer* in the "First Name" field will give you a shorter list.

Or suppose you want to find St. John's Episcopal Church (Hampton, Virginia). Typing St. John’s will give you a long results list. Typing St. John's Hampton will give you a shorter list.

How Do I Understand the Results of an Authors Search?[edit | edit source]

An Authors Search results in a list of authors. If the list contains the author you want, click on the name to see the Author Details record.

The Author Details record contains the following information (where applicable):

  • The name of the author.
  • The catalog entries the author is tied to.
  • References to other authors.
  • Notes about the author.

What If I Do Not Find an Author I Want?[edit | edit source]

You may not find an author you want for several reasons. Before concluding that the catalog does not have any records you want, consider the following strategies:

  • Be sure you typed the author’s name correctly.
  • Broaden your search term, in case the author’s name is spelled differently than you expect. Try typing spelling variations. You can also truncate the given name. For example, if you typed Cann in the "Last Name" field and George in the "First Name" field without finding the right one, try typing Cann in the "Last Name" field and G in the "First Name" field.
  • Use a different search, such as a Keyword Search.

Who Is Considered an Author in the Catalog?[edit | edit source]

The catalog lists two types of authors in the "Author" field:

  • A main author is the person or organization chiefly responsible for the creation of an item described in the catalog.
  • An added author is a person or organization that acts as a compiler, editor, translator, and so forth.
  • If the catalog entry describes an item that refers to another item, you will see the author and title of the referenced item. This information is labeled Name/Title.

If the person’s or corporate body’s name is also listed as a subject in the catalog entry, you will find works about that person or corporate body by doing an Author Search.

How Do I Find Other Catalog Entries by or about an Author?[edit | edit source]

The Author Details record lists the titles of catalog entries by or about the author.

You can find the Author Details record in two ways:

  • If you do an Author Search, click on the author’s name on the results list.
  • Click on the author’s name in a Title Details record.