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HIST 2111/2112: Dr. Patrizia Stahle US History 1 and 2: Course Tools: How to Find Information On An Author

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Credentials:Information on Your Author

The first place to look for information about your author is the book itself.

Be sure to look at the front cover and the back cover on the inside and the outside. You may have missed a page that says "about the author". It also could be hidden in the introduction to the book. You don't necessairly need the author's life story as much as you need to find a few facts.  

  GALILEO: For Information About Authors

GALILEO is the University System's "Virtual Library"

Look for the link "Literature Langauge and Criticism"



This will lead you to a series of databases providing access to journal articles and other sources of criticism. Sometimes notable authors of books on history are profiled in the GALILEO databases that cover "literature langauage and criticism". 


Try Searching the name of your author...

PLEASE NOTE: Off-campus access to GALILEO requires a password. The password changes each semester. If you do not know it click on the link "Forgot Password"? on the log-in screen and follow the instructions.

The best database to find information about an author is "Literature Resource Center"

 (see link below)

Remember to check the other literature databases as well.



Other Ways to Find Credentials

1. Check the author's name  GIL Catalog of Books and the GIL Universal (University System Catalog). This will tell you if the author wrote other books. Knowing that the author wrote other works adds to your information about his or her credentials as an author.

2. Try searching the author's name at This will may also provide information about your book and to identify other books by your author.

3. Try searching the author's name on If your author may have a web-page. Many historians are college professors and may have extensive information listed at thier college website. If your book is fairly new and it says "Author Bob Smith is a Professor at the Harvard University" that's a really great clue.  Try searching him on google using terms like "Bob Smith and Harvard".