Course Research Pages

LIT 250 - The Short Story in Modern Literature

Finding Author Biographies and Interviews in Library Databases

Literature Resource Center - use the "Person - By or About" button to search for your author; then use the "Biographies" tab to look for possible interviews.

EBSCOhost - contains journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; search by your author's name and the word "interview."

Historical New York Times - coverage goes back to 1851, so this is particularly useful for researching authors from earlier times.

Finding Short Story Author Interviews on Web Sites -- use the search box at upper right to search for your author. Note there is a Books tab also.

Paris Review Interviews with Writers

Poets and Writers -- use the search box at upper right to search for your author.

BBC "In Their Own Words: British Novelists"

NPR Author Interviews

Barnes and Noble Review

Willow Springs Literary Journal -- contains interviews with contemporary authors.

Powell's Books author interviews

National Book Foundation Archives -- use the search box to search for your author; adding "authorsguide" to the search sometimes helps to locate author interviews.

Voices From the Gaps -- biographical info and some interviews for women writers of color.

Videos/YouTubes -- Google your author and click on the "Videos" link to search for recorded interviews.

Google your author and see if he or she has a personal web site that might provide links to interviews.

Finding Author Interviews or Commentary on Writing in Books

Bowman Library Catalog - Search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. Search by subject for your author, using last name first, to find headings for Criticism and Interpretation, Biography, etc. You may find sections in books in which your author discusses his or her writing. Looking in their correspondence with others is another place to check. Here are several sample subject headings:

Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism - a 95-volume set, in the Reference section of the Library; contains literary criticism of authors's works and might provide quotes from authors about their work.

Google Books - search the portion of Google that includes only books. Some books provide previews, but full text of entire books is rarely available.

Citing Your Sources

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

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Citing Your Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)