Why can't I find the book I want by author? I'm copying it directly from the book cover!
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2019     Views: 95

Why can't I find the book I want by author? I'm copying it directly from the book cover!


The author field is a "controlled vocabulary," which means a deciding body has chosen a set name format for the catalog for any given author, which may not be what's printed on the book covers each time. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Try extending the given name to see if it makes a difference, ie. instead of Ben, look for Benjamin.
  • Leave off the first name. One author this will definitely help with is J. A. Jance. The catalog will find her eBooks under "J. A. Jance," but for print books, you'd need to search for "Judith A. Jance," or search for just plain "Jance." (Sometimes less is more.)

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Last Updated: Jun 17, 2019     Views: 95

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