You can start your research by reading about your author and the times in which they lived. Consider the databases linked below as a starting place.
You can find:
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Use the library's Biography in Context database to find information on your author. This database contains over 700,000 biographies!
Authors can be known by several names, especially when names are transliterated, or translated from another alphabet. This means that there is no "official" way to spell them in English. Do the work to find any and all possible spellings of your author's name! For example:
You may read stories originally written in another language. You should know the original, non-English title as it may help you find information on the story.
It might help you to know where your story was originally published. While you may not be able to find references to your short story, you may be able to find references to the book in which it was originally published.
Ekstromer, Jonas. Gao Xingjian, 2000. 2000. Encyclopædia Britannica,
www.britannica.com/biography/ Gao-Xingjian#/media/1/735572/181016. Accessed 8 Dec. 2020.
Book cover for 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings'. Goodreads, www.goodreads.com/book/show/
34675665-a-very-old-man-with-enormous-wings. Accessed 8 Dec. 2020.
Book cover for 'he Bridegroom: Stories'. Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/335
qid=grtnfNaaiJ&rank=1. Accessed 8 Dec. 2020.