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Databases for Short Fiction Analysis

"Scholary resources on JSTOR include Archival and Current Journals, Books and, Primary Sources."

Literature Resource Center 

"Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available."

Literary Reference Center


EBSCO Discovery Service

"Discovery Service: one search box to search most of the library databases and the catalog for books, articles, and much more!"


Biographical Databases

Biography in Context

"Biography in Context provides more than 600,000 biographies on over 525,000 individuals. The information is updated annually."

Biography Reference Bank™ 

"This resource offers the in-depth, original profiles of the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. Biography Reference Bank contains l full-text articles, page images, abstracts and articles from today’s leading magazines and journals—providing the most current coverage of an individual’s life and work. Over 2.2 million records covering more than 6000,000 individuals."


Setting/Context Databases

US History in Context 

"An overview of the most studies events, issues and current information in US history relevant in the undergradute curriculum."

World History in Context 

"A collection of resources providing coverage of events, themes and trends in world history from antiquity to the present, with a multicultural and global view. Contains full text articles from more than 110 academic journals and more than 600 historical maps, atlases, and other images."


Gale Literary Criticism Series

The library owns 5 sets of the Gale Literary Criticism Series. Except for DLB, all of them have Author and Topic Indexes at the back that index all of the Gale Literary Criticism Series. Use the last volume in a set for the most comprehensive search.

Citation Example:

Harrison, James M. “Babylon Revisited.” Short Story Criticism, vol. 31, edited by Anna Sheets Nesbitt, Gale, 1999, pp. 2.

Call Number: Ref PN3373 .S386  Vol. 1-200 

Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers

"Each print volume in this long-standing series profiles approximately four to eight short story writers by providing full-text or excerpted criticism taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. Among those profiled in this volume are: William Faulkner, Elizabeth Gaskell, John William Polidori, Alice Walker"

Call Number: Ref PN1010 .P4992  Vol. 1-154  Vol. 1-298

Poetry Criticism

"Each volume of this reference provides substantial critical essays and biographical information on four to eight major poets from all eras. Entries provide an introductory biographical sketch, an author portrait, a primary bibliography, annotated full text and excerpted criticism of the poets works and sources for additional reading. When available, comments from the poets themselves are included. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.Each volume includes cumulative author name and nationality indexes as well as a volume-specific title index. A cumulative title index to the entire series is published separately."

Call Number: Ref PN771 .G27  

TCLC: Twentieth Century Literary Criticism by Vol. 1-298

"This highly useful series presents substantial excerpts from the best criticism on the major literary figures and nonfiction writers, including novelists, poets, playwrights and literary theorists, of 1900 to 1999 -- the era most frequently studied in high schools. Each volume presents overviews of four to eight authors with chronologically arranged criticism representing the entire range of response to each author. A typical excerpt is prefaced by an annotation that explains the critics reputation and critical philosophy and providing a synopsis of the excerpt. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text."

Call Number: Ref PN761 .N5  Vol. 1-292 

NCLC: Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism by Vol. 1-292 

"Each print volume in this long-standing series profiles approximately four to eight literary figures who died between 1800 and 1899 by providing full-text or excerpted criticism taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. Among the profiled in this volume are: Anne Brontë, Franz Grillparzer, Harriet Taylor Mill, Alfred de Vigny"

Call Number: Ref PN41 .D52  Vol. 1-84 

DLB: Dictionary of Literary Biography  DLB 1-84 DLB Yearbook 1980-86 DLB Documentary 1-5 Career biographies; Organized by topic, period or genre; Series encompasses not only writers but journalists, historians, publishers and screenwriters. American Short Story Writers Before 1880: Volume 74 American Short Story Writers 1880-1910: Volume 78

Other Print Resources for Short Fiction and Poetry


Call Number: PN1021.C7

Critical Survey of Poetry An in-depth resource covering 845 poets throughout history and the world - organized so libraries can select only the topics they want.

Call Number: Ref E169.12 .A419 1994

American Decades

"American Decades is a cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school students and teachers, public librarians and general researchers who need a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history. The original 10-volume set covers 1900-1999; the additional Volume 11 covers 2000-2009."

Call Number: Ref PS129 .A55

American Writers : A Collection of Literary Biographies

"This collection of critical and biographical articles covers hundreds of notable authors from the 17th century to the present day. Signed essays, 12-15 pages in length by noted scholars, provide thought-provoking insights into the lives, careers and works of American writers. Each Supplement covers approximately 20 additional authors."

Call Number: Ref PR85 .B688

British Writers

Call Number: Ref Z1224 .C59

Contemporary Authors

Call Number: Ref PN3321 .C7

Critical Survey of Short Fiction