Something About the Author (SATA)

We have been collecting and cataloging Something About the Author (SATA) for years, in fact we have 305 volumes as of May, 2017. If you are doing an author or illustrator study this is the resource you should be consulting.

Where are they?

You’ve probably seen them and thought they were encyclopedias. They are housed along the south wall windows in the reference area.

 

How do they work?

Good question. Each volume has three sections:

  1. New entries on new authors, and updates on authors found in earlier volumes.
  2. An index of illustrators
  3. An index of authors

What does this mean?

Looking at an author index entry can be quite daunting at first. Here’s an example:

Kimmel, Eric A. 1946- ……………………. 304

Earlier sketches in SATA 13, 80, 125, 176, 208, 268

The main entry for Eric Kimmel is in volume 304, but there are also earlier entries in volumes 13, 80, 125, 176, 208, 268. Sometimes you may see the acronym CLR. It stands for Children’s Literature Review (a companion set to SATA, and yes we have that too).

What’s inside a typical entry?

It really depends on the author but the following sections are common:

  • Personal information
  • Addresses
  • Career
  • Memberships
  • Awards, Honors
  • Writings
  • Adaptations
  • Sidelights
  • Biographical and Critical Sources

How would I cite an SATA entry?

Here is the pattern for an entry in a reference work with no byline (i.e., there is no author or date for the entry).

Title of the work. (year). In A. Editor (Ed.),  Title of the reference work (xx ed., Vol. xx. pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher

Kimmel, Eric A. 1946-. (2017). In L. Kumar (Ed.), Something about the author (Vol. 304, pp. 94-103). Farmington, MI: Gale.

The following in-text citation would be sufficient (Kimmel, Eric A., 2017).

Summing Up

Although, it might be quicker to find something online, we can guarantee that your instructor will be extremely happy you did something “old school” and consulted SATA.

 

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

Tagged with:
Posted in Resources

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Library on Instagram
Family! Murder! Anthropology! Intrigue! Come to Library Salon #14 to learn about a family legacy and the mystery of a murdered Aunt.
When: Friday, January 26 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST Where: Bank Street Library 5th Floor, 610 West 112th Street New York, NY 10025. Don’t forget to register!! Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-salon-14-gil-schmerler-tickets-41960053650. @bankstreetlibrary @bank.street #bankstreet #librarysalon14 #librarysalon Happy New Year! Here is a snapshot of Morningside Park during these cold and snowy days. The Library is now on its regular semester schedule! But don’t forget, we are closed, Monday, January 15th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Taylor. Happy Winter! Bank Street Library wishes everyone a wondrous winter. Pass the time by reading a magnificent book! Remember: Bank Street closes at 5:00 pm on December 22, and remains closed until January 2nd, when we resume our normal semester hours (8:30 AM to 9:45 PM, M-Th, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, F, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sat.) #winterreading #winterbreak @bankstreetlibrary In December, Bank Street Library highlights our Early Readers and Series Book collections. Come and check out the display. #youcancheckoutthesebooks #readatanyage @bankstreetlibrary December 1st is World AIDS Day. Transparency, Accountability, and Partnership. @bankstreetlibrary #worldsaidsday2017 #awareness Happy Thanksgiving from the Bank Street Library! Remember on Wednesday 11/22 the library is open 9am-5pm. We are closed Thursday 11/23, Friday 11/24, and Saturday 11/24. We are always closed on Sunday. We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, 11/27. Have a great break everyone! #bankstreetlibrary #bankstreet #celebrate #happythanksgiving Thank you to all our veterans on this #veteransday. The book, Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans is by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh. Need a quiet place to study on a Saturday? Come to the Bank Street Library. We are open 10-5 today. #bankstreet #quietstudyspace