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ENGL 102: The Short Story (Dr. Chalmers)

Background Sources

Tips for Short Story Searches

These are the searches that I like to try in databases or OneSearch:

  • Author + "name of story"
  • Author + "name of collection story was published in"
  • Author + "name of story" + theme
  • Author + "name of story" + year story was published

Wofford OneSearch

Wofford OneSearch is a single search platform that contains books, ebooks, journal articles, magazines, newspapers, audio, video, and reference materials. It is a great place to explore your topic and find scholarly resources, but it can sometimes be overwhelming due to the amount of information a normal search will pull up. Think of it like shopping on Amazon: you should tell OneSearch exactly what you're looking for using keywords and choosing the best limiters in the left column of your search results.

A good beginning search is the name of the author and the story with quotation marks surrounding each name.



Our initial search for "Henry James" and "Daisy Miller" found 1,601 results, including books and articles.


One way to narrow down our results is to limit to only scholarly or peer reviewed journal articles.


Now we have 556 results instead of more than 1600. To access an article, click on the "Available Online" link below the article.


On the article information page, you will find the link to the article under View Online. Farther down on the page, there is a list of keywords that describe the content of the article. In the right column, there may be related articles that you can click on to see more.



Once you click through to the article, skim the text to look for the thesis statement. The full text may be available on the landing page, or you can look for the red PDF icon to download the article.


Back in OneSearch, click on the pushpin icon next to the article to save it to your account. Click on the pushpin icon at the top of the page to access all your saved sources, and make sure that you are logged in so that your articles are saved for later.


To narrow your results further, try adding an additional keyword that touches on the story's theme or plot to the search box at the top of the page.