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This guide lists some specific resources and services which undergraduate and MA students of Creative Writing might find useful. Check the main Subject Help page for English Literature for further guides and links to resources.
You are welcome to contact Joanna Cooksey, the Academic Liaison Librarian for English Literature for help during your course.
Help for your creative writing
During your Creative Writing course you will get a great deal of advice and support from your tutors. In addition, the Royal Literary Fund Fellows offer confidential one-to-one tutorials to undergraduate and postgraduate students on any aspect of writing and presentation, whether creative writing, academic assessed and non-assessed work, exam writing or seminar presentation. All Oxford Brookes students are entitled to sign up and consult with one of the Fellows, who are available across four days each week.
If you want to take a look at books on creative writing techniques, recommended titles will be included on many Creative Writing reading lists. You can access your reading list through the Moodle course or view all of the MA Creative Writing lists here.
You can also browse through the Creative Writing books on Level 4 of the Headington Library (PDF). Here are some useful call numbers (shelfmarks): 808.02 Creative writing 808.06692 Writing biography 808.1 Writing poetry 808.2 Writing drama 808.3 Writing fiction
Find out more about searching for books and borrowing them.
Help with doing academic assignments
In addition to your own creative submission, many modules require you to write a 'critical review' of a published work which is related in genre, form or content (or all three) to your own work.
Do ask your tutors if you have any questions about what is expected when writing your critical review.
Once you have chosen the published work you wish to write about, you may want to find secondary sources such as books and journal articles which comment on it. You are welcome to contact Joanna Cooksey, the Academic Liaison Librarian for English Literature for help with finding these sources and referencing them.
Books covering a specific author could be useful; these may include critical works and biographies. These will be shelved in the library just after the author's own works. You may also want to search for books covering literary topics, genres or periods.
To find a book, use the Books & e-books search on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. Find out more about searching for books and borrowing them.
Online dictionaries and reference sources
Journal articles can be a useful source for essays on literary texts. They may also include book reviews. You can use LibrarySearch to look for articles on specific authors or literary works. Find out more about searching for articles.
We have several literary review journals available in print (shelved in the Basement of the JHB Headington Library) and online:
Other sources for book reviews are listed in the Library guide Book reviews (PDF)
Published sources used in your critical review need to be cited correctly using the MHRA referencing style. For guidance on how to reference in this style, see Referencing in MHRA. You can contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for English Literature if you need help.
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.
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
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.
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 Help Zone on Level 1.
SCONUL Access schemeThis 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.
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.