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Boatwright Memorial Library

English 222.01: American Short Fiction: Finding Short Stories

Websites and Databases That May Help in Identifying a Suitable Short Story

Finding a Suitable Short Story

You may find the Reference Books below helpful in selecting a short story for your Analysis Essay:

Smith, Patricia. 2002. Thematic Guide to Popular Short Stories. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Pr. REF PN 3373 .S62 2002

Watson, Noelle. Ed. 1994.  Reference guide to short fiction. Detroit: St. James Pr. REF PN 3373 .R36 1994

 Fallon, Eric, et. al.2001.  A reader's companion to the short story in English. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press.

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 Gelfant, Blanche H. Ed. 2000. The Columbia companion to the twentieth-century American short story. New York : Columbia University Press.

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Strategies for Finding Short Stories in the Catalog

Some collections of short stories have themes, but most are characterized by the subgenre (mystery, science fiction), the time or location of composition (19th century, Western states), or the identity of the author(s), who are usually described in the catalog by ethnicity, gender, national origin, or other distinguishing social characteristic.  Thus combining the phrase "short stories" with a suitable descriptor will usually find a collection of stories to choose from. For example, try "short stories latino" or "short stories lesbian"  or "short stories jewish".  You can also browse by subject, beginning your search with "short stories," and then either scroll until you find a narrower category of interest (e.g. Short stories, American--Michigan--Detroit) or just click on one or more of the broader categories and scroll until you a collection title catches your eye. We have hundreds of collections of stories to choose from.

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