Course resource help for English Literature and Creative Writing

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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.

Use the online guide Reference with MHRA (link below) to find out how the style works and what your footnotes and bibliography should look like:

A shorter printed guide Citing your References in the MHRA Style (revised August 2017) is also available as a Word file or PDF.

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How to

How to get library help and support

How to use LibrarySearch (quick video introduction)

Collection of Library guides for English Literature and Creative Writing
These include:

  • Database search tips for English Literature and Creative Writing 
  • Finding books and eBooks for English Literature and Creative Writing
  • How to use JSTOR (video) (5:55) and transcript 

How to plan your search - this Search Plan for English Literature and Creative Writing (Google doc) can help you develop a list of keywords to use when searching online. Click on File - Make a copy - to save your own copy and then add your own notes to it.

How to access other libraries including the Bodleian - for MA students and undergraduates doing dissertation or equivalent research. NB access is currently very limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Oxford Brookes Poetry Collection

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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.

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