Answered By: Daniel Kiely
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017     Views: 79

The best resource in the DVC library for short story analysis/criticism is Short Story Criticism, which is a print series located in the reference section. Below is a description of the series:

This series presents critical views on the most widely studied writers of short fiction. Each volume includes overviews of three to six short story writers, works, or topics and a historical survey of the critical response. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.

Each volume includes a cumulative author, topic, and nationality index as well as a volume-specific title index. A cumulative title index to the entire series is available separately.

We also have two other literary criticism series in the reference section: Twentieth Century Criticism (coverage 1900-1999) and Contemporary Literary Criticism (covers authors currently active and those that died after 12/31/1959). These are better for fiction (novels), non-fiction, plays, etc. They do have some coverage of short stories, but I would use these as a 4th or 5th option.

You can also search Academic Search Premier and ProQuest Research Library. This would be my 2nd and 3rd option. Usually searching for the short story title in quotes works, but keep in mind that you will most likely only find articles on famous authors/short stories in these databases.

If you want to use the print series in the reference collection, I recommend asking a reference librarian for help. He/she will show you where the series is located and how to use the index.

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