James H. Thomason Library

English 111

Introduction to the Short Story                  

Reference Sources          



  Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions, etc
  Companions -- Specific Authors
  Biographical Sources
  Style Guides
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  ebook Collections
  Selected Short Story Collections
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Databases
Searching Across Multiple Databases
  Library OneSearch
 Get Help

Clockwise from top left:   Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner,

Eudora Welty, Ernest Hemingway.



Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Indices, Companions, Guides

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The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story   Blanche H. Gelfant, editor. New York : Columbia University Press, 2000. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

The Library also has a print edition:  Main Level, Reference  R 813.0109 C723C  

Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English  Erin Fallon, R. A. Feddersen, and James Kurtzleben, editors.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001. [ebrary eBook Collection]

Also available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 813.0109 R227R  

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook. Christopher MacGowan.  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Main Level, Reference: R 813.509 M177T  [Use call number link to view contents].

Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Noelle Watson, editor. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994.

Main Level, Reference: R 809.31 R259R  

   "Includes entries on the most significant writers of short fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries... The Entry for

   each writer includes a biography, a complete list of the writer's published books, a selected list of bibliographies and

   critical studies on the writer ... and a signed critical essay." [from editor's note].

Asian American Short Story Writers: An A-to-Z Guide. Guiyou Huang, editor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

Short Story Index : An Index to Stories in Collections and Periodicals.

Refer to individual volumes for editor and publication information.  

Main Level, Reference R 016.80883 C771S2  

Critical Survey of Short Fiction. 2nd rev. ed. Charles E. May, editor. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001.

7 volumes.

Main Level, Reference: R 809.3 M272C2  

Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication: Interpretations, 1900-1975, of Short Fiction Since 1800. Warren S. Walker, compiler.   Hamden, CT : Shoe String Press, 1977.

Main Level, Reference  R 016.808831 W154T 1977  

Twentieth Century Short Story Explication : New Series, with Checklists of Books and Journals Used. Warren S. Walker. Hamden, CT : Shoe String Press, 1993-1995

Main Level, Reference: R 016.808831 W154T 2d ser

The Russian Twentieth-Century Short Story: A Critical Companion. Lyudmila Parts, editor. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2010. [ebrary eBook Collection].


Companions/Guides -- Specific Authors    

Borges' Short Stories: A Reader's Guide  Rex Butler. London: Continuum, 2010. [ebrary eBook Collection].

A Reader's Guide to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. Paul Smith. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1989.

Upper Level:  813.5209 Sm63R  

Student Companion to Ernest Hemingway Lisa Tyler. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001.

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection.

Student Companion to John Steinbeck. Cynthia Burkhead Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

Student Companion to William Faulkner. John Dennis Anderson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.


Biographical Sources (Sources also include information on authors' works)

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Short Story Writers. rev. ed. Charles E. May, editor. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2008. [EBSCO eBook Collection].

Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel, editors. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U. Press, 2006. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

Biography in Context [Thomson Gale] Discus Logo
Includes reference works such as Newsmakers, and Contemporary Authors Online.

Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale]Pascal Logo

Included biographical information from reference book sources, as well as literary criticism and topic and work overviews.

Style Guides   back to top

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern Language Association, 2009. 
Main Level,
Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and
R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. [CREDO Reference Collection] Houghton-Mifflin, 2005.

This authoritative survey of English usage, grammar, and style offers guidance on almost any writing problem imaginable. Arranged in a single, easy-to-use A-Z list, the guide's entries include examples and quotations that show not only correct and incorrect usage but also the relative effectiveness of different expressions in context.

MLA Style at OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab

"These OWL resources will help you learn how to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format style. This section contains resources on in-text citation and the Works Cited page, as well as MLA sample papers..." [from web page]



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Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • When searching for a PERSON, use AUTHOR or SUBJECT search, with last name first:

   O'Connor, Frank, 1903-1966           [as AUTHOR]  
   O'Connor, Frank, 1903-1966 -- Criticism and interpretation [as SUBJECT]  
  Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941  [as AUTHOR]  
  Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 [as SUBJECT ]  
  Munro, Alice, 1931- -- Technique  
  Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation [as SUBJECT ]  

Munro, Alice, 1931- -- Criticism and interpretation 

                Compare to PASCAL:

             Munro, Alice, 1931- -- Criticism and interpretation.

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to Postcolonial literature:
        Examples of Subject Headings in THOMCAT
  Short story

Short stories, American -- History and criticism

  Short stories, English -- History and criticism
  Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Technique
  Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001 -- Criticism and interpretation
  Frame-Stories History and Criticism  
  American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."
  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.


KEYWORD Searching Tips



Add an ASTERISK * to the root of a word


This will usually expand your search results,

 by retrieving any variations on the word stem.


For example:

symbol*=symbol, symbols, symbolic, symbolize, etc.

narrat* = narrate, narrated, narrative, narratives, narrator




Use AND between words to narrow your search.

Use "QUOTATION MARKS" to search for a specific phrase or title


In this example, all items retrieved must have

BOTH Flannery O'Connor AND the exact phrase "short stories"

flannery o'connor AND "short stories"


 flannery o'connor AND "why i live at the p.o."

Sherwood Anderson AND influence


Use OR between words/phrases to expand your search



"short fiction" OR "short stories"


Group OR terms in parentheses (  )

when used in the same search with an "AND" connector



Flannery O'Connor AND ("short stories" OR "short fiction")

(sherwood anderson OR  flannery o'connor) AND grotesque*

Try KEYWORD Searching

with ThomCat, other Library Catalogs,

& the Library's journal databases.


PASCAL Catalog  

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books that are not available at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

eBook Collections    

EBSCO eBook Collections

Includes combined contents of EBSCO eBook Collection and EBSCO eBook Academic Collection. Over 90,000 full-text ebooks covering a variety of disciplines.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

NOTE: Most of the ebooks in these collections are also indexed in ThomCat, the library's catalog.

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             All print titles listed below should be located on upper level,

                                        unless otherwise noted.
                   Check link (call number) to verify availability in Thomcat.

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time: Stories. New York: Scribner, 1970.  813.52 H373I2  

Hemingway, Ernest. Men without Women. New York: Scribner, 1970. 813.52 H373M  

Hemingway, Ernest. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. New York: Scribner, 1961. 

   813.52 H373S3  

Hemingway, Ernest. The Short Stories. New York : Scribner Classics, 1997.

  813.52 H373S2  (New Materials shelf, Main Level).

Faulkner, William. Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner. Joseph Blotner, editor. New York: Random

   House, 1979.  813.52 F273U  

Faulkner, William. Collected Stories of William Faulkner. New York: Random House, 1950 813.52 F273C  

Welty, Eudora. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980. 

    813.54 W468C2  

Welty, Eudora. The Wide Net, and Other Stories.  New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943

   813.54 W468W  

O'Connor, Flannery. A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories.  New York: Harcourt Brace

    Jovanovich, [1992] 813.54 Oc5G  

O'Connor, Flannery. The Complete Stories.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 1972.  813.54 Oc5C  

Munro, Alice. The View from Castle Rock: Stories.   New York: Knopf, 2006. 813.54 M926V  

Munro, Alice. The Love of a Good Woman : Stories. New York: Knopf, 1999. 813.54 M926L2  

Munro, Alice. Selected Stories. New York : A.A. Knopf, 1996.  813.54 M926S  

Cheever, John. The Stories of John Cheever. New York: Knopf, 1979. 813.54 C415S2


Chappell, Fred. More Shapes Than One. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991 813.54 C368M  

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio : A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life.[Waiheke Island]:

   Floating Press, 2009. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

     Also available in PRINT: New York, B.W. Huebsch, 1919 813.5 An24W  

García Márquez, Gabriel. Leaf Storm, and Other Stories.   Gregory Rabassa, translator. New York,   

    Harper & Row, 1972. 863.64 G165L  

Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. Joachim Neugrosche, translator. New York:

    Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993.  833.912 K119M  

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

   813.54 Ob65T  

O'Connor, Frank. A Frank O'Connor Reader. Michael Steinman, editor. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse U.

   Press, 1994.   823.912 Oc5F  

Betts, Doris. Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories.  New York, Harper & Row, 1973.  

   813.54 B466B  

Poe, Edgar Allen. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. New York: The Heritage Press, 1941.

   813.3 P752T2  

Wharton, Edith. Collected Stories, 1891-1910. New York : Library of America, 2001. 813.52 W555C2  

 Wharton, Edith  Collected stories, 1911-1937. New York : Library of America, 2001. 813.52 W555C3

Woolf, Virginia. A Haunted House, and Other Short Stories. New York, Harcourt, Brace.1944.       

   823.91 W883H  

Woolf, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday: and Other Short Stories. [Waiheke Island]: Floating Press, 2010.

    [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].


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Literature Resource Center
[Thomson Gale]
Biographical, bibliographical and contextual information from the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

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Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost] 
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles available at Thomason Library. The collections include journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, and humanities. This archive covers the full run of journals from the first issue of volume one; however, the most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.


Searching Across Multiple Databases    


Library OneSearch


Search [almost] all

of the Library's resources


one single search.

Use this resource to search for:

  • print & electronic books  (Thomcat & ebook collections),
  • journal articles,
  • other reference database collections

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