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Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.
Online MLA style manual with guidelines and examples.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern Language Association, 2009. 
Main Level, Ready Reference Shelf (Reference Desk)
Main Level, Reference: R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]
Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story,  Blanche H. Gelfant, ed., Columbia University Press, 2000.
Also available in print:  Main Level, Reference:  R 813.0109 C723C  
Critical Survey of Short Fiction, 2nd rev. ed. Charles E. May, editor. Salem Press, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.3 M272C2  
7 volume set. Vol. 7 provides a complete listing of authors by volume, as well as a subject index.  The majority of this volume is comprised of aover 30 lengthy essays, which are are grouped under the following headings: Theory of Short Fiction; History of Short Fiction; Short Fiction Around the World; and Research Tools (awards, chronology, glossary of terms)
Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English, Fallon, Feddersen, & Kurtzleben, eds.,  Greenwood Press, 2001.
Also available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 813.0109 R227R  

Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Noelle Watson, ed., St. James Press, 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.31 R259R  
Short Story Index : An Index to Stories in Collections and Periodicals.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.80883 C771S2  
Thematic Guide to Popular Short Stories, Patrick A. Smith, Greenwood Press, 2002.
The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Christopher MacGowan, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Main Level, Reference: R 813.509 M177T



Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication: Interpretations, 1900-1975, of Short Fiction Since 1800, Warren S. Walker, compiler, Shoe String Press, 1977.
Main Level, Reference:  R 016.808831 W154T 1977  
Twentieth Century Short Story Explication: New Series, with Checklists of Books and Journals Used, Warren S. Walker, Shoe String Press, 1993-1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.808831 W154T 2d ser


Modern Arab-American Fiction: A Reader's Guide, Steven Salaita, Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Asian American Short Story Writers: An A-to-Z Guide, Guiyou Huang, ed., Greenwood Press, 2003.

The Russian Twentieth-Century Short Story: A Critical Companion, Lyudmila Parts, ed., Academic Studies Press, 2010.

Short Story Writers, Charles E. May, ed., Salem Press, 2008.
Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary, Flora & Vogel, eds., Louisiana State University Press, 2006.


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