Resources by Subject Short Fiction

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

For additional sources, see the English & Literary Criticism page.

Reference Sources (Background)

The following list gives some representative reference titles relating to short fiction and criticism and is not exhaustive.

Contemporary Literary Criticism (1973 to present, 102 volumes)
Ref PN 771 .C59 and selected articles in Literature Resource Center
Critical essays excerpted from books and journals on contemporary authors.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction (2001)
Ref PN3321 .C7 2001
Provides author biographies and analysis. Authors are arranged alphabetically.

Encyclopedia of the Novel (1998, 2 volumes)
Ref PN41 .E487 1998
Guide to a wide range of novels, short novels, and literary terms associated with novel explication. Includes bibliographies.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to critical analyses and biographical information on more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, and other writers from around the world. Includes full-text of several reference sources.

Reference Guide to Short Fiction (1999)
Ref PN3373 .R36 1999
Short articles on authors' lives and works, with a listing of critical studies.

Short Story Criticism (1988-present, 90 volumes)
Ref PN33730 .S386
Excerpts of criticism with a bibliography at the end of each entry. Use the index to find criticism for specific titles.

Locating Books

The Library of Congress Classification for Languages and Literature is P:

PN Literature (General)
PQ Romance Literature
PR English Literature
PS American Literature
PT Germanic Literature
PZ Juvenile Literature (all languages)

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Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

MLA International Bibliography (1925 to present, citation only)
The premier database for literature research. Provides a comprehensive international listing of scholarly books, articles, and dissertations.

Literature Online - LION (full text)
Full text of over 350,000 literary works of English and American poetry, drama and prose; also includes full-text of over 300 journals, author biographies, and reference and criticism resources.

JSTOR (dates vary by journal, full text)
An archive of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Project MUSE (late 1990s to present, full text)
Coves over 300 journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


A Celebration of Women Writers (University of Pennsylvania)
Digital library of works by and about women authors as well as other links.

Contemporary Writers (British Council Arts)
Database of living British and Commonwealth authors. Information for each author includes a biographical sketch, bibliography of works, and list of awards. Some entries also feature a brief signed critical essay.

Introductory Guide to Critical Theory (Purdue University)
Includes sections on Gender & Sex, Marxism, Narratology, New Historicism, Postmodernism, and Psychoanalysis. Each section includes an introduction, modules on major theorists, a glossary of terms, and more.

Literary Criticism (Internet Public Library)
Portal to websites categorized by author and title. Users can also browse by period and language.

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature (California State University)
Includes author information grouped alphabetically and by time period, as well as "appendices" on various topics and themes relating to American literature. All pages include a bibliography of print sources.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009)
Ref Desk LB 2369 .G53 2009

Citing in MLA Style (R-MC)

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.


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