PubMed: Search by Author To search PubMed for works by a specific author, enter the author's last name and initials in the search box. Use no punctuation. PubMed retrieves authors with the last name and initials used in the search. Another way to search by author is to use Advanced Search. In the Search Builder section, click the drop down arrow and select Author. Type the author's last name and initials. Use the autocomplete feature to find the closest match. Some, but not all, PubMed records include the full author name. For the most comprehensive results, use only the author's last name and initials. Click Search to find works in PubMed by this author.