A reference book can be a good starting place for an unfamiliar topic, providing an overview and key terms to use in further searches. For short stories try searching for your author in Reference Guide to Short Fiction
Keep in mind that many reference books cannot be counted in your required number of sources for a research paper!
Gathers together essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories," and part 2 contains more than one hundred essays on the lives and work of individual writers, including engaging pieces on promising new writers.
These databases are good places to start your literature-related research. If you have difficulties locating sources on your topic, remember the librarians are available to help.
An index of journal articles, books, and dissertations, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 2.5 million citations from more than 5,000 journals and series and 1,200 book publishers.
In addition, The MLA Directory of Periodicals and the association's proprietary thesaurus used to assign descriptors to each record in the Bibliography are included.
Access to an extensive archive of journals in 30 subject disciplines in the Arts and Sciences. Pepperdine subscribes to the Arts & Science I, II, III providing immediate full-text access to articles in those modules; other articles are easily available through the InterLibrary Loan service.
Access to portraits of more than 18,700 men and women, updated quarterly with new and revised entries, features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search capabilities. Includes over 900 articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History, providing historical and social context to the biographies.
Provides biographical information on more than 528,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. The database also provides full-text articles from over 350 magazines and newspapers and includes more than 27,000 images plus links to Web sites tied to the lives and works of the subjects.
Some 50,000 new and/or updated biographies are added each year, as well as daily status updates of existing subjects
In this class, we will study the tradition and history of the short story, as well as key contributors to the form. Since this is a survey course, we will be covering a broad range of writers and styles—from the early roots, including Hawthorne and Poe, through modernism and into post-modernism and present-day writers. While we certainly will not cover all short story writers, I have tried to choose readings from many of the significant writers that, if you continue in English Studies, you will be likely to read or hear about again.