Reference materials, like dictionaries, encyclopedias, and source books provide general overviews of topics. This is a great place to start you information gathering, once you have a topic.
Use the selected reference items to the right to get a general overview of your work and overviews of themes within that work. These are great places to start, if you are not quite sure about a theme or need some ideas.
Title of Work*
* For the short short essay, you will want to focus on researching themes, social issues, literary theories, genres, etc. The short stories you are reading for class are contemporary and likely will have very little published about them.