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Welcome to the Creative Writing Subject Guide

Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

New to the University?  Explore the Getting Started with the Library guide to learn all about the Library basics. 


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Connect to the platform with your Exeter IT login, and create a free account to save and organise journals and articles.

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Use LibKey to help you get access to full text articles. 

Click the LibKey icon above to add the extension to your web browser. Select 'University of Exeter' as your institution and login using your Exeter IT login when prompted. 

Reading for leisure

Take a break from your recommended academic reading and explore e-books and audiobooks on the Libby app.


More information can be found on the Libby guide.

Where to start your search

Library Search

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Search across the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals and lots more. 

For more in depth research in databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Key resources

Use Library Search to find journal titles and articles that relate to your research/study area.

Most of our journal articles are available in digital format.

For targeted searching, select a research database and explore the published literature in your field. Key databases are flagged in the Research Databases tab above.

You can also browse journals on BrowZine.

On the app (or via your browser) you can save your favourites to your bookshelf, get notified about new issues, sort your articles into collections and connect to Library Search.



Some useful journals are listed below:

These are just a few examples of the titles available to you. Look on Library Search or your module's reading list for more.

Contemporary short story collections
These are just a few examples of the titles available to you. Look on Library Search or your module's reading list for more.
These are just a few examples of the titles available to you. Look on Library Search or your module's reading list for more.
Key tools to find scholarly research including journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters
Literary reviews

Some useful resources for creative writing modules may include literary reviews. You can find these in the sources below: 

Finding book reviews

You can narrow your search results to book reviews when searching JSTOR: 

  • Go to advanced search
  • Under Item Type, select Reviews 

You can narrow your search results to book reviews when searching ProQuest One Literature: 

  • Click on Advanced Search
  • Select Criticism from the options on the left

Select 'review' from document type:

Find out more on the News LibGuide 


  • News sources can be invaluable research resources.
  • They provide contemporaneous accounts of events as they emerge and unfold, affording a snapshot of developments at a point in time.
  • You can engage in historical research by tracing commentary on issues over time, to identify and track changing political, economic and social trends. 
  • The availability of news resources online allows for very effective and comprehensive searching, in a way that was impossible with print or microfilm / microfiche editions of the newspapers
The following may be useful for book reviews and articles:

Online and print access to the interviews and articles in Paris Review is available via Library Search

The University has access to an extensive range of online primary source materials. These contain digitised copies of documents, letters, books, photographs and other primary sources. 

The Primary Sources Libguide will help you identify the best databases for your research. 

We have literary manuscripts, reviews and literary magazines, collections of novels, short stories and poems. See the Art and Literature section on the Primary Sources guide for some more resources.

These are just some of the online collections you can access - there are many more!





We have a small collection of audiobooks, available for you to borrow from our Overdrive platform and the Libby app.









Where available, links to Overdrive e-books and/or audiobooks will appear on your reading list.

You can also see our collection here:


How do I use Overdrive?

To search for books and borrow items you need to sign in to Overdrive using your University email address and password. 

You can:

  • Check out up to 3 titles at a time
  • Borrow titles for up to 14 days 
  • Place up to 3 holds on titles that are currently checked out

N.B. This is separate to your borrowing allowances on your University library account.

Click on your account or the bookshelf icon to view your loans, holds, and borrowing history.

Alternatively, you can do this in the Libby app - there are more instructions here.

A reference resource, such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, guide, or volume of literary criticism, provides general background information on a topic. High quality reference works produced by scholars are an excellent place to start your research, and can give you give a useful overview of a subject.


Includes the Historical Thesaurus, where you can explore synonyms of a word over time, arranged chronologically. Use the OED video guides for more information.

A wide range of sound, video and audio resources are available to help bring drama, poetry and prose to life. 

Find out more on the English: which resources do I use? guide


In some cases, material you want to consult may not be available to you at Exeter. 

You will be using vast literature databases which feature many millions of resources from around the world. There are a number of options that may be of assistance to connect you with the information you need. 

This service can be used  to request books/journal articles from other libraries. 


Students can make book suggestions to the Library. Submit requests online and they will be reviewed by the library. If the book is unlikely to be used by others after your dissertation work, then you may be directed to the Document Delivery scheme instead, for short term access to material.


Use this service to search across the book and journal collections of the UK research and specialist libraries.

You can search to see if copies of books/journals are available in other libraries that you could visit whilst at home over the vacation, or by a special trip.  Always check the access requirements before you travel, if you wish to visit another library.  Find out more about visiting other libraries. 


Use Library Search to look for particular works of poetry.

You can also try searching some of our databases, such as:

Collections/ archives of poetry

These are just a few examples of the titles available to you. Look on Library Search or your module's reading list for more.

These are just a few examples of the titles available to you. Look on Library Search or your module's reading list for more.

These are just a few examples of the titles available to you. Look on Library Search or your module's reading list for more.

Keep up to date with the work of the most recent award-winning poets, and look back on previous winners of these prizes.

We have a selection of recordings of poets reading their own works, on vinyl. 

This collection is reference only and can't be borrowed, but we have a listening booth and record player available for you to use at the Old Library on the Streatham campus.

Just let us know if you'd like to arrange to listen to any of the recordings; email or use Library chat to get in touch.

Click here to listen to some radio programmes discussing form in poetry. Click on Sign in and then search for University of Exeter

2021 BBC Radio 4 series On Form.

In this series, free verse poet Andrew McMillan meets a diverse group of contemporary British poets who are re-framing traditional techniques to write about the modern world, exploring why form is fashionable again.


2016 BBC Radio 3 programme The Verb: On Form

Ian McMillan looks at form with guests Claudia Rankine, Don Paterson and AL Kennedy.

Writing for children and young adults

You have access to hundreds of online books that cover creative writing and wider topics.

Use Library Search to search by topic to discover relevant content.  

Some of the titles highlighted below may be of interest to you.

The best way to find articles is to search by keyword using Library Search or a database. This method will searches across a large number of journals at one time, helping to ensure that you don't miss a useful piece of research/

However, you may want to view and keep up to date with a particular journal if it is key to your subject area.

The following journals relevant to Children's literature are available via Library Search.


Tip! Did you know you can set up alerts so that you are notified when a new issue of a journal is published? See the Keeping up to date guide for more information.

We have access to many collections of online primary sources, covering a wide range of topic areas, historical periods and encompassing a variety of different types of digitised material.

You can see the full range on the Primary Sources guide.

The following collections of online primary sources would be of interest to those studying the history of children's literature.

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