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LIT 250 / 350 Short Story in Modern Literature -Gullard

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Finding Books and Ebooks

Bowman Library has a large variety of books and ebooks that are chosen for their relevance to the courses offered. You can access ebooks directly from the library website whether you are off or on campus. Books and ebooks are good for finding overviews and history of your topic. You don't need to read the whole book to get the information you need for your project; often one chapter of a scholarly book will cover the information you need.

Find books by using these search subjects:

Search by Subject for your author, using their first and last name. Click  Biography or Literature- Authorship & Criticism on the left-hand panel to discover sections in books in which your author may discuss their writing. In the advanced search you may also find results by entering: , 

  • Keyword: Author (I.e. Keyword- Alice Walker) AND
  • Subject: "Biography" or "Criticism, Interpretation, etc."

Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: This 95 volume set contains literary criticism of author's works and might provide quotes from authors about their work.

Tips for using the databases:

Here are some tips for finding author biographies and interviews in library databases. Remember to search multiple databases to discover different content about your author.

Academic Search Premier: Search for interviews in Document Type. Select full-text to have access downloadable PDF. 

Biography in Context: Search by name for Biographical information about an author.

EBSCOhost: Contains Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; search by your author's name and the word "biography."

Gale Virtual Reference Library: A Collection of online books on many topics, including biographical information and literary criticism.

Literature Resource Center: Use the "person-By or About" in the pull down menu to search for your author; then use the "Biographies" link on the right hand side to look for possible interviews.

Finding Historical Background Info

The New York Times' coverage goes back to 1851 with the Times Machine feature, so this is particularly useful for researching authors from earlier periods. Activate your free Menlo College subscription using one of the links at the bottom of this section. 

Credo Reference is also a good, credible source for historical background information. Try using Credo as an alternative to Wikipedia when searching for background information.

Finding Author Information Online

Here are some websites that regularly post reviews and author interviews or curate author content. Search the site directly, or use Google site searching. Site searching can be done by entering site: website address + your topic or author. 

Example- site: Lorrie Moore

Paris Review (Use the search box at the upper right to search for your author.) (Use the Search Box at the upper right to search for your author. You can also browse the Books tab too.)

NPR Author Interviews

Powell's Books Interviews 

Willow Springs Literary Journal

National Book Foundation Archives

Voices from the Gaps


Author website

You can also search for your author online to uncover a personal website or social media channels. Often, an author will post interviews or reviews of their work, so this is also a good place to find interviews. An author's website will usually feature a biography as well, which will help you find concise biographical information. Look for bios in an "About" section on the website. Sometimes it is labeled as "Bio" instead. You can also try searching for the author's publishing company for an author biography.

Try Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Try Searching Google Books 

Google Book Search

Class Activity 4/5/22

We <3 Short Stories