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English: Short Stories

Using Indexes to Find Short Stories

If you cannot find your short story in UC Library Search, use one of the indexes below to determine:

  • If, when, and where the short story was published
  • Whether the UCSB Library owns that source

Finding Short Stories in Books and Anthologies

Short stories appear in so many different ways that there is no one single place to look for them.  A good place to start is in UC Library Search or in one of the indexes listed on the right.

If you know the title of a short story, use a keyword search and enter the title of the story. Add the author's name if you know it or if the title isn't very distinctive:

  • Tobermory
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Boyle Death of the Cool

You can also combine keywords to look for anthologies and collections:

  • Collections and science fiction
  • Humorous stories, English
  • Literary collections African Americans
  • Short stories and collections

If you know or suspect that a short story is one of many in a book by the author, do an author search in the catalog.

If you know the title of the anthology or collection in which a story appears, do a Title begins with…search in the catalog for the name of the anthology:

  • McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber
  • Lost on Purpose:  Women in the City

You can also try a subject search for "short stories" combined with other keywords.



Finding Short Stories on the Web

You can search Google for your story, but be aware that, as with all free websites, it may be difficult to confirm the accuracy and authenticity of the material.

The following sites contain the full-text versions of selected short stories:

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