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ENG 1102 Finding Short Story Criticism   Tags: english, literary criticism, short stories  

A guide to finding short-story criticism at Hunt Memorial Library, Fort Valley State University.
Last Updated: Oct 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Recommended Databases

Several online databases available via GALILEO contain helpful literary criticism.  Use the links below to access the databases.  

    JSTOR is a collection of electronic journals in the fields of: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics

Finding Short Story Criticism

Finding short story criticism can prove to be challenging.  However, there are several library resources at your disposal that will aid you in your search.  One of the best places to start searching for literary criticism is Summon, the library's unified search service.  Summon searches books, articles and other library resources, all from one search box.

Search Strategy

A good first step in locating literary research is refining your search terms.  See the example below.


Student is looking for literary criticism on Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"

Search Terms

"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" "Flannery O'Connor" literary criticism


  • Put your short story title in quotation marks.  This tells the database that you want it to only return results where the search terms are in that exact order.  This can be particularly helpful if your the words in your short story are common or could refer to a popular culture term or phrase.
  • Include the author's name, also in quotation marks.  This increases the likelihood that results returned will match your particular short story.
  • It's a good idea to put "literary criticism" in your search string, also.  Some of the databases use strict subject terminology, so including this phrase will help to filter out results that are not criticism.

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