Course resource help for English Literature and Creative Writing

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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

Joanna Cooksey

I'm hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email in the first instance. If you need a 1-to-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet. My usual working hours are 8.00 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.


Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.

If you are a student in English Literature, Drama or Creative Writing, you will need to use the MHRA referencing style in your assignments, projects and dissertation. 

How to

Get started

How to find and borrow books:
  • Use LibrarySearch - check our video guide (on the right) for more help.
  • Finding your material shows you how to understand call numbers and look for books on the library shelves.

  • Borrowing and returning tells you about borrowing books.
  • Finding books and eBooks for English Literature and Creative Writing Word file and PDF highlights key areas of the library for these subjects.

Find sources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (on the left) for tips on how to find resources for your English Literature, Creative Writing and Drama assignments.
These guides may also help:
When you're doing a dissertation or MA Project:

How to use MLA International Bibliography

EBSCO is a web platform that gives you access to the literature database MLA International Bibliography and several others that may be useful. All of these databases work in the same way.

Key database for in-depth research in literary studies, MLA can help you find articles, books and book chapters.

A large database covering all subject areas. It contains lots of full text articles and is an excellent resource for any topic. Combine it with MLA to broaden your search - see the video guide for details.

Explore BoB (Box of Broadcasts) and Digital Theatre+

About BoB

BoB is an online service which gives you access to thousands of recorded TV, radio programmes and films from an online archive. Note that you will need to sign in with your Brookes login details each time you use BoB. The first time you access it, you will be prompted to create an account.  Through BoB you can:

  • View programmes, browse the TV listings and ask for upcoming programmes to be added to the collection.
  • Create your own playlists.
  • Create your own clips from programmes and include them in presentations. 

Help with using BoB

  • Learn more from these How to use BoB videos.
  • Trying to find a specific programme on BoB?
    Click on the 'Search options' link under the search box where you'll see filter options.
  • Check Reference with MHRA for guidance on how to reference BoB programmes correctly.

About Digital Theatre+

This is a brand new collection of drama & theatre resources including essays, recordings of live performances & interviews with theatre practitioners. Access is available until 31 May 2022.

Oxford Brookes Poetry Collection

Poetry prize shortlist logos

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre Collection has been set up in collaboration with the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and comprises books that have been shortlisted for 6 contemporary poetry prizes. It also includes the poetry pamphlets published by ignition press, a new poetry imprint set up by the Poetry Centre in 2018.

The books can be found in the Headington Library on Level 4 (Zone D) and they can all be borrowed. They don’t have a standard call number, instead they have a label indicating the year of the relevant poetry prize shortlist. The books are grouped by year on the library shelves.

The poetry prizes

Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

The Poetry Centre is based within the School of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes. It actively promotes poetry through its Weekly Poem initiative which showcases the work of independent presses and their poets. It also offers podcasts featuring local poets and hosts an annual programme of events including conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions, readings, and community projects. In February 2016 the Poetry Centre celebrated its inaugural International Poetry Competition with an event at Oxford Brookes. In 2018 it established ignition press with the aim of publishing poetry pamphlets from emerging and established international writers.

Follow @brookespoetry on Twitter