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ENC 1102 - Marcus (Dale Mabry): Short story topic

Links and tips for your research.

Search PRIMO, the library catalog, for sources about your story

Find books, articles, videos, & more


  1. Enter the title of the story in "quotation marks" as in this example: "a rose for emily"
  2. Click Search.
  3. If you have not already done so, follow the link to "Sign in to get complete results and to request items" and select "SSO."
    1. SSO stands for "single sign on" and it will prompt your HCC NetID.
  4. You can filter your results by Availability, Resource Type, Publication Date, and more.
    1. Depending on your device, the filter menu appears to the left of the results, or when the filter icon at the top is selected. 
    2. You can apply multiple filters to increasingly narrow down your results.
    3. The Subject filter shows the subject headings of items in your results after other filters have been applied. You can select one or more filters to narrow your results further.

You can always change your search by adding or changing keywords.

You can also click "New Search" and start over.

Also search literary research databases

Librarian's picks:

Others to try - focus on the "Best Bets" in each category:

Video demo

This video shows how to find literary criticism in PRIMO, the library catalog and in literary research databases. Captions are available.

The databases demonstrated are Bloom's Literature and Gale Literature. The techniques shown are useful for any database.

Help sheets

The following two links open to documents in new windows.

As you gather results

Stay organized.

Library tools can help. A few tips:

Save your results
  • Many library search tools provide ways to save results or email them to yourself.
  • If you email, you may add a subject line or notes to remind you why you picked that item.
Use citation help
  • Many library search tools provide example citations in APA, MLA, and other popular formats.
  • Also use HCC Libraries Citation Guide.
Use other tools provided
  • For example, some databases provide translations, audio clips of articles, and more.
  • Common tools include saving and emailing.
Gather more than you think you'll need

While searching, just search. You can sift through it later when you start writing.

Note new search terms
  • As you read over the material you're gathering, will find additional keywords for further searches.
  • In online articles and eBooks, notice linked subject terms that connect to other, similar sources.
In Conclusion:

When using Library resources, NOTICE the screen and the many helpful features provided!