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Destiny Library Catalog

Our school library's online library catalog. Search here for all print and electronic reference books related to your career exploration.





Created by Patti Reher
Addison Trail High School

Edited by Rose Janusz
Willowbrook High School
Some information courtesy of Lake Forest Academy

What is Literary Criticism?

Literary criticism is "evaluative or interpretive work written by professional interpreters of texts. It is 'criticism' not because it is negative or corrective, but rather because those who write criticism ask hard, analytical, crucial, or 'critical' questions about the works they read."

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Supplemental Text: Short Stories

How to find a short story to supplement your text:

1.  Find the title of a short story.  Click the "Gale Virtual Reference Library" link below:


  • Type your keyword/buzz word/literary criticism lens in the "Search within this series" field in the right column.
  • A list of appropriate titles will appear.  Click on the title to learn more about this short story to determine if it is a good fit for your paper.
  • Leave this tab open, or jot down the title and author of the short story you have selected.  You will need to do a separate search for the text of your short story.

2.  Find the text for the short story. 

You can use the Destiny Library Catalog to find the short story in print form.  Search for the title and click "keyword" or just hit the enter key.  Do not click "title."  After you find the book, you can make a photocopy of the story.  Be sure to jot down the citation information or make a copy of the front and back of the title page.

You can also search for the short story online, then copy and paste the short story to a word document.  Be sure to also copy the URL in case you need to find your short story again!  Here are some websites/databases to try:

  • LitFinder
    Note: District 88 username and password required. Do a basic search of the title. Make sure that the "Primary Sources & Literary Works" tab is highlighted for the full text of the short story.
  • Books@Adelaide
    Search by author or title using the tabs at the top of the page.
  • Google
    In search box: Title of Short Story in quotes Author's Last Name .pdf
    (Exp: "Eveline" Joyce full text .pdf)
  • FullReads
    Type the title of the short story in the search box on the right side of the screen. Note: the text will be broken into individual pages. To print, copy and paste each page to a word document.
  • Classic Short Stories
    Search by author or title in the bottom left column.
  • The 50 Best Short Stories of all Time
    A list of popular short stories, some with links to the text.
  • The Literature Network
    Online classic literature and poems
  • Roald Dahl's Tales from Childhood
    Includes stories which relate well to the effects of childhood on adulthood or similar topics.

    Note: this is a pdf file. When printing your story, be sure to limit the pages to just what you need to avoid printing all 109 pages!

Supplemental Text: Poetry

Looking for a poem?  Use the guidelines for finding a short story, but search in the "Poetry for Students" book within the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  Then use the websites below to find the text of the poem.

Supplemental Text: Drama

Looking for a play?  Use the guidelines for finding a short story, but search in the "Drama for Students" books within the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Use the Library Destiny Catalog or these websites to locate the text of the play.


If you are working at home you will need the District 88 username and password. Copies of the Database Access Sheet are available in the library, or email Mrs. Janusz (

Student Resources in Context


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