ENG452: Studies in Short Fiction

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Use this guide to find information about writers and the cultural, economic, geographical, political, and social influences that may have impacted their writings. Included are search strategies for finding works by and about writers and literary topics, useful resources from ODU Library's Reference Stacks, and links to research databases for articles.  
 Search StrategiesLiterature Reference | Articles in Databases 

Search Strategies 

Use these three search strategies below for finding works by and about a writer as well as on a literary topic. For additional help, visit our Catalogs and Databases Guides page for online guides and tutorials or ask a librarian 

To Find Works Written by a Specific Writer

Search by Author and type last name first, then the first name

Example: Author: crane stephen will yield autobiographies and original works by Stephen Crane.
Tip: When you search for an author, you may have a list of names from which to choose, as in the example above.

To Find Works Written about a Specific Writer

Search by Subject and type the writer's last name first, then his/her first name.

Example: Subject: roth philip will yield biographies, bibliographies, criticisms by other writers about Philip Roth and his writings.

To Find Works Written about a Literary Topic

Search by Keyword and type in the words that represent your topic.

Example: Keyword: kafka and identity for the topic of identity in Kafka's short fiction. Use AND to join your words to make sure each part of your topic is represented in your search.

Or search by Subject using one or more of the Library of Congress subject headings for literary research to find information about the genre, time period, or cultural, literary, political, religious or social climate impacting the author whose works you are researching. 

Literature Reference Works

Reference works may be intended for a general audience or for a scholarly audience within a specific discipline. It is recommended that you read the preface or introduction to a work to help determine what kind of information, as well as the authority and knowledge of the contributing authors, you can expect to find.


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Chronologies and Timetables


Articles in Databases for Scholarly Research 

Key Databases for Scholarly Articles from Multiple Journals
For Literature and Literary Criticism: For Social and Cultural Topics:
JSTOR (Arts & Sciences Collections III and V) DatabaseInfoIcon  Academic Search Complete  DatabaseInfoIcon 
Humanities International Complete  DatabaseInfoIcon  SocIndex with Full Text DatabaseInfoIcon 
MLA International Bibliography  DatabaseInfoIcon  Sociological Collection DatabaseInfoIcon 
Project Muse DatabaseInfoIcon (TIP: Search in article titles, subject headings)  Women's Studies International  DatabaseInfoIcon 

Can't obtain the article you need online or in the library? Request a copy via ILLiad Interlibrary Loan at ODU (What is Interlibrary Loan? )

Library Course Page Outcomes

According to one of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education from the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL), information literate students are able to access needed information effectively and efficiently and retrieve information online or in person using a variety of methods (standard 2.3.)., 

This course page was created to help meet the following desired outcomes of that standard, wherein the information literate student:

  • Uses various search systems to retrieve information in a variety of formats  
  • Uses various classification schemes and other systems to locate information resources within the library or to identify specific sites for physical explorations  
  • Uses specialized online or in-person services available at the institution to retrieve information needed  

Page last modified: 16 February 2015 | ODU Library Reference Services
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