HOW TO SEARCH FOR X-FILES FANFIC
by Christelle

  1. If you know the author of the story, visit their personal website. You can look for an address at:

    a. X-Files Fan Fiction Links Authors' Pages
    b. Author Pages and Archives
    c. Keep the Faith Author Links
    d. XF Fic 101 Authors' Sites
  2. If you know the author of the story, but they do not have a personal website, there is a good chance they will allow their work to be archived at Gossamer. Check under Authors.

    a. Gossamer Fluky
    b. Gossamer Krycek
  3. The same applies if you know only the title of the story. Because you can't find a personal website, check Gossamer.

  4. If you know the author/title of a novel-length story, check the Annex.

    Advice: If you think you know both the title and author of a story, but have not had any luck locating it at Gossamer using only one of them, always check the other. You may not have the exact title, or the author may have changed names.


    Those are the basic searches. Most stories can be located this way. Now we'll go into the slightly fancier ways of getting to your favorite fic.

  5. An enormous amount of fanfic goes through the newsgroup ATXC, and thanks to Google, it is now very easily searchable. Even if an author has had their work removed from archives, it remains available at ATXC if it was once posted there. Here are the steps to follow:

    a. Go to Google.
    b. Click on Groups.
    c. Enter "alt.tv.x-files.creative" and click Search.
    That should get you to ATXC. Now you just have to type in the information you have, select "Search only in..." and off you go.

    Example #1. Let's say you want to read "Eye of the Beholder" by Nascent. You've already found her website through author listings, but to your dismay, you realise that the link to that story doesn't work. So, you get yourself to Google/ATXC and type in:

    "Eye of the Beholder" Nascent
    And there's the story, just waiting for you to happily click on each part. If you want all the parts to show up close together, sorting by date instead of sorting by relevance may help you with that.

    Example #2. Now you're looking for "Mileage" by Scullysfan. She doesn't have website, and her work isn't archived anymore. Again, you get yourself to Google, type in:

    Mileage Scullysfan
    And off to read you are.

    I find that a title and author combination works best. However, if you have limited information, either will work, but you'll have to wade through more unwanted posts before you get to exactly what you're looking for. Even a partial title can get you somewhere or author's name can get you somewhere.

  6. If that doesn't work, a plain ol' Google search could always turn up something. Try author/title combinations, and if necessary, add words like "Mulder," "Scully," "X-Files" and "fanfic" to narrow down the results.

  7. The "Wayback Machine" is an archive of digital material. Because digital information is volatile, the goal of the project is to archive material before it disappears off the web. Here's how it works:

    a. Go to www.archive.org.
    b. Type in the now defunct URL of the website you're looking for.
    The trick is, of course, to obtain the defunct URL. Sometimes it's easy: you click on a link and realise it's broken, so you plug it into Wayback.

    Example #1. Someone has recommended "The Lounge: Mack the Knife" by Allison J. to you. You look at all the author listings and find only a broken link at Keep the Faith. You check Gossamer and ATXC and realise that only some of her stories are posted there. You decide to try out the Wayback Machine, using the broken link:

    http://members.home.net/allijohn/Ficpage.htm
    You notice that you have to choose between several dates. You try the latest one, but realise that was after Allison shut down her site. You try other dates until, finally, you find a working copy of her site where all her stories are available. You rejoice.

  8. To be continued...