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21L.003: The Birth of the Global Short Story: Home

This is the class research guide for Milan Terlunen's section of 21L.003.

Getting started

This is the research guide for 21L.003: Birth of the Global Short Story. It provides links to the resources we'll cover in class today, as well as other links to further your research.

Books and Media: MIT catalog

Books, ebooks, journals, databases, music, and videos at MIT.

Searching for books

The search box above provides a short cut to jump to the MIT Libraries catalog. From the home page (, you would select the second tab to arrive at the same place.

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Using subject headings

Subject headings are a great way to find books on a similar topic. They are created by the Library of Congress. In general it's not wise to try and guess what a subject heading might be. Instead, try these techniques:

  • From the record of a book that comes up in your search, click on one of the subject headings to see other titles on the same topic.
  • Try a word that you think might be in the heading, and change the search field to subject. 


Activity for April 2, 2024

Follow the directions in the Google doc to locate at least one book in the Hayden Stacks.

Manage your references

Any of the these tools listed below can help you organize and cite your references. The Overview at the top of the list explains the strengths and weaknesses for each.

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Research guides by subject

The links below contain links to more research tools.  For subjects not listed below, see the complete list of subject guides.