Reference Books

Gale's Literary Index
This is an index to many of our print criticism resources. Enter your author and then find your specific work. It will give you a list of books to check. The Reference Librarian has a list of which books we have in the library.

The Oxford encyclopedia of American literature This is an all purpose encyclopedia.
E-book version warning: the online version can be difficult to use.

Library Catalog
Use the catalog to find books, e-books, videos and e-videos about your subject.
  • Use the pull-down menu on the left and select subject. Enter your author's name, last name first, e.g. O'Connor, Flannery.
  • For general books on American Short Stories you can enter in the search box: Short Stories, American - History and Criticism.

Journal Articles

Explore over 200 library databases (over 40,000 online journals). First enter your author's name and/or the title of the story. Then apply these limters/filters for best results:
  • full text (check box)
  • scholarly (peer reviewed) journals
  • language: English

Literary Reference Center
Search for biography and literary criticism. Also explore "browse" features in the left navigation bar:
  • Most studied authors
  • All authors
Search by author name within these subsections, or browse by Country, Culture, Genre, or Movement

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