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Gendron: ENL330 Short Story Library Research

Search strategies and finding articles

What Do I Need to Find?

  • What do I need to find? 
    • Let's review:
      • Your primary sources of information are the five short stories listed in the "Your Assignment" page of this libguide.
      • The next sources of information are the Casebook entries in The Short Story and Its Writers.
      • Professor Gendron also asks you to find "other secondary research" that will "enlighten the author's meaning/purpose/message (potentially your thesis) in these stories."
  • This LibGuide will show how to find secondary information about short stories in the Berry Library databases.

Develop a Search Strategy

  • The name of your story will be your first topic.
    • Put it in "quotation marks" to keep the entire title together when searching in the databases.
  • A general term like "criticism" can be your second term.
    • This will lead to articles on various aspects of your story.
  • If you prefer, make a specialized term your second topic: characters, setting, imagery, themes, etc.
  • The use of "AND" between topics tells the database to conduct a "Boolean AND" search. 
    • A Boolean search increases the precision of your database search.
    • Articles must have both terms.


"The Rocking Horse Winner" AND criticism
"The Rocking Horse Winner" AND themes
"The Rocking Horse Winner" AND materialism


Search Strategy Downloadable Worksheet

  • Right click to open the template and save it to your computer.
  • Mac Users - CTL-click opens the file.