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Creative writing: Home

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 Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 

The Bookseller

The University of Exeter has online access to the current issues and digital archive of The Bookseller (2013-date).

You must register with your Exeter email address to activate access. See this help guide for more details.


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Library Search

Search for print books, ebooks, journals, articles + more.

The Library Search LibGuide is available for guidance.

For a full selection of 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.


Some useful journals are listed below:

Literary reviews

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

The London Review of Books: a journal of literary essays.

The New York Review of Books: literary essays and reviews.

The Times Literary Supplement: a weekly literary review.

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:

  • 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 

Find out more on the News LibGuide 

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. 

Document Delivery Service

This service can be used  to request books/journal articles from other libraries. There is a charge for this service. Check online to see what arrangements are in place with your College / Department for covering the costs of this service.  You may have an allocation or your supervisor may provide a prepaid token for the request. 


Student Book Suggestion Scheme

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.


Library Hub Discover

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. 

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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