The following multi-volume interrelated sets are excellent starting points for finding biographical or critical information about writers. All of the series is cross-indexed. Look up your author in the index section of the last volume of each set Next to the author's name there will be abbreviations of books in which information about the author can be found. These abbreviations are expanded in the front of each volume. Click on the title for catalog record including call number.
Children's Literature Review
Contains excerpts from criticisms, reviews and commentaries of books for children and young people.
Contemporary Authors (CA)
A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, motion pictures, journalism and other fields. There is an annual paperback title index.
Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series -- (CAAS)
Provides autobiographies of important current writers. The index lists names, titles, subjects and schools of writing. All genres included.
Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)
Contains excerpts from criticisms of authors who are now living or who have died since January 1, 1960. There is an annual paperbound title index and a cumulative index of authors and critics.
Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) -- Ref PN, PQ, PR and PS
Over a hundred volumes, each one dealing with a different topic. To locate a particular writer, check the author index in the latest volume. Check our catalog to locate books in which the critical information may be found.
Literature Criticism Online
Online database of the following literary works: Contemporary literary criticism, Twentieth-century literary criticism, Nineteenth-century literature criticism, Shakespearean criticism, Literature criticism from 1400 to 1800, Classical and medieval literature criticism, Poetry criticism, Short story criticism, Drama criticism, Children's literature review.
Something About the Author (SATA)
Lives and works of authors and illustrators of children's books. Indexes in alternate odd numbered volumes beginning with Vol. 57. Has authors' index and illustrations index.
Something About the Author Autobiography Series
A collection of autobiographical essays written by prominent authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Each essay has a bibliography.
The following index shelved in the Reference section is useful in finding short stories that appear in collections. Check the catalog to see if SCSU has the book in which the story is published.
Short Story Index -- Ref Z5917. S5 C6
An index to 60,00o stories in collections. Has annual updates and a five year cumulative index.
The first ten entries under this category are part of the Dictionary of Literary Biography Series published by Gale. Each volume deals with a specific time period or genre.
American Short Story Writers, 1880-1910 --Ref PS374. S5 A39
American Short Story Writers before 1880 --Ref PS374. S5 A38 (Print and Online)
American Short Story Writers, 1910-1945. First Series --Ref PS374. S5 A396
American Short Story Writers, Second Series --Ref PS374. S5 A3962
American Short Story Writers since World War II --Ref PS374. S5 A3964
American Short Story Writers since World War II Fifth Series --Ref PS374. S5 A3967
British and Irish Short Fiction Writers, 1945-2000-- Ref PR829.B67
British Short Fiction Writers, 1800-1880 --Ref PR829. B72
British Short Fiction Writers, 1915-1945 -- Ref PR829. B746
British Short Fiction Writers 1880-1914. The Romantic Tradition --Ref PR829. B744
Critical Survey of Short Fiction -- Ref PN3373. M24 7 vols. + supplements
Provides author biographies and analysis of their works. Authors arranged alphabetically.
The Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story -- Ref PS374.S5 F33
The Facts on File Companion to the British Short Story -- Ref PR829.F33
Masterplots II. Short Stories --Ref PN3326. M27 6 volumes
Arranged alphabetically by title, each includes a list of main characters, a synopsis of the story, themes and meanings of the story and comments on the style and techniques of the author.
Short Story Criticism -- Ref PN3373. S386 (ongoing series)
Criticisms of works of major short story writers of all eras and nationalities. There is a cumulative author index in each volume.
Short Story Writers --Ref PN3373. S398 3 volumes
A bio-bibliographical reference guide to short story writers. Includes index.
Short Story Writers and Short Stories--Ref PN3373.B57 2005
Twentieth Century Short Story Explication -- Ref Z917. S5 W33
Contains interpretations of short stories found in books and periodicals. Continued by the annual bibliography in each summer issue of the journal Studies in Short Fiction.
Twentieth Century Short Story Explication: New Series --Ref Z5917. S5 W33
Continuation of the old series.