Skip to main content
SSU ship logo and 'Salem State University' text
Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

Gendron: ENL330 Short Story Library Research

Search strategies and finding articles

Your Assignment


  • What is your assignment? 
    • Ultimately, for Essay #2, you will compose an analytical essay on one of the stories read for this unit.
    • But, for this week's journal, you will examine each of the following stories in depth:
      • James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues," p. 38
      • Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," p. 735
      • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper," p. 342
      • William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily," p. 314
      • Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych," p. 889
    • On the basis of your investigation, you will decide which story you would like to use in Essay #2.
    • This will be a rhetorical analysis. 
      • Your text, Ann Charter's The Short Story and Its Writer, provides background material on "Analysis," on p. 1272.
  • What does your assignment tell you to do?
    • "Conduct an analysis of each story by "breaking" the story into its component parts.
      • This means making notes of the areas that stand out to you.
      • For example, examine the characters, what they do, say, what others say about them and so forth.
      • Then, go on to another features such as point of view. 
      • Then go on to others." 
    • "Next, read the corresponding Casebook entries for each story. You may use these as well as any other secondary research to enlighten the author's meaning/purpose/message (potentially your thesis) in the stories."
    • The Casebooks are found in Part Three of The Short Story and Its Writer.
    • "Take notes on these Casebook entries and another research you obtain." 
      • Professor Gendron will be explaining how to synthesize an essay from the notes you compile, and how to document sources. 
    • Finally, "as you work on this essay, prepare a "Working Bibliography."
      • This creates a formal account of each source used. 
      • It is best to keep track of sources as you go along.
      • You will turn this record of sources into your Final Bibliography.

Your Text: The Short Story and Its Writer