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Guide to library and other resources on English, including literary criticism and writing.

Finding a Short Story

Short stories come in collections, such as Another Kind of Paradise: Short Stories from the New Asia-Pacific, and sometimes finding what collection a specific individual short story is located in can be difficult. These tools can help you identify what collection to use.


Use the catalogs to find a collection. More recent items are likely to the table of contents, so if you search for a particular short story it will find it within a collection.

Online Search

The American & English Literature database also has a number of short stories available.

Short Story Index provides a mix of full-text short stories and citations for finding short stories in collections, journals, and other sources.  

While Google Books only shows a preview, searching a short story's title should identify what collections have that short story. You can then get the book using the Beeghly or OhioLINK catalogs.