Creative writing

  • This guide lists some specific resources and services which undergraduate and MA students of Creative Writing might find useful. Check the Subject Help pages for English and Drama for further guides and links to resources. 
    You are welcome to contact Joanna Cooksey, the Academic Liaison Librarian for English and Drama for help with finding resources and referencing. 

  • Databases can help you find published journal articles and other sources on a specific topic, author or text. For a list of useful databases, plus tips on searching them, see Journals and Databases for English and Drama. Contact your Librarian for an appointment if you'd like some help with database searching. 

    You can access library e-resources such as databases, e-journals and e-books from anywhere - just log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.

    Eduroam allows you to use the wifi service on campus at Brookes and at any other university that uses the same system. To register your laptop with eduroam, go to the IT Services homepage and choose 'WI-FI: Get online with eduroam'. Follow the on-screen instructions to register. 
    NB During registration you will see a screen with 2 checkbox options - one asks if you agree to the terms & conditions; the other asks if you want to be able to access eduroam beyond your home university. Make sure you've ticked both checkboxes if you wish to use eduroam in another university library.

    We have a few literary review journals available in the Basement of the JHB Headington Library:

    • Times Literary Supplement J 028 T (last 10 years)
    • London Review of Books J 028 L (last 10 years). The LRB website gives a selection of the reviews available.
    • New York Review of Books J 028 N (last 10 years)

     We also have a number of review journals online:

     There are other literary journals who publish book reviews within specific areas of study, such as:

    Other sources for books reviews are listed in the Library guide Book reviews

    The required referencing style for students of English and Drama is MHRA. For guidance on how to reference in this style, see Referencing in MHRA. You can contact Academic Liaison Librarian for English and Drama if you need help with referencing in this style.

    You can use the  Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't held in Brookes Library. You may also be able to join other libraries including the Bodleian and access e-journals through a number of public libraries.

    Accessing the Bodleian
    If you are doing the MA in Creative Writing, you will be able to access the Bodleian Library of Oxford University for reference. Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research are also eligible to apply when they are in the 2nd semester of their 2nd year or in their final year. You can obtain an application form for the Bodleian Library from the Headington Library Help Zone on Level 1, or download one from our web pages. Take this form to your supervisor first and then bring it to the Library for your Academic Liaison Librarian.

    SCONUL Access scheme 
    This scheme allows Brookes students to use many university libraries across the UK. You may find this useful if you live at some distance from Oxford and would like to use an academic library in your local area. To apply, go to the SCONUL website and check first whether the library you wish to visit is a member of the scheme, then complete the online application form. Once your application has been authorized by Brookes Library, you will be sent a confirmation email from SCONUL access and will need to take this along when you first visit the member library.

    Library Catalogues

    • SOLO: the Oxford Libraries' Catalogue includes the stock of the Bodleian Library.
    • COPAC: contains the merged online catalogues of more than 20 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library Public Catalogue. 

    Access to Research: access e-journals via public libraries
    Through this scheme, academic publishers have made many of their journals freely accessible to the general public. Access to these e-journals is only available through computers in one of the participating libraries. These include Oxford Central (though not at the moment because of their temporary relocation), Wheatley, Headington, and Botley public libraries. Go to the Access to research web site to check which libraries are participating and use the search option to see whether a specific journal title/issue is available through the scheme.