Searching for the works of an author would seem to be straightforward; BUT there various issues that can pop up (e.g. name changes, different or multiple spellings, very common names). Here is one way to overcome this issue:
Check for a personal web page. Is there a resume/CV or a list of articles there?Departmental websites often have such information in profiles (see below). Feel free to use that information. If there is a publication in that list that fits your needs, then use it.You might want to find the citation in a database because databases have the FindIt option for locating or requesting a copy of the article. Be wary, as the citation may not be complete.
No publication list? Or no article on that list that is even close to your topic? Follow the methods below.
Here are some general rules that work when searching in most databases.
Most databases allow you to search by the institutional affiliation of the authors. However, a lack of consistency is the problem! Every author seems to call his/her organization by a different name. For example:
When you add in departmental information, it's even more variable (all bets are off).
The fact that, until the mid-1990's, most databases (and journals) only added the affiliation of the first author, and it's more complex.
Remember, too, that some of our faculty members have moved here from other universities. If you want to find the most important paper by a faculty member that has recently moved to Arkansas you might need to look for their writings from a previous institution.
As you look at these centers make sure you check out the news stories, the publications, and other web pages that may discuss the type of work being done. Watch out for faculty names including their departmental/school affiliation. Many of these centers may be interdisciplinary and some of the faculty may not be associated with the College of Engineering. You ultimate goal will be to talk with a faculty member associated with the COE.