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Introduction to support in the Library and how to find books and eBooks

Scholarly Sources
Scholarly sources of information in books and journals to support your academic research

Exploring Narrative
A starting point for exploring different narrative styles, writing about writing and where to look in the Library for print and online resources. 

Writer's Toolkit
A focus on technique, information to support research for writing, understanding the industry. 

Audiovisual Resources
Streaming video, audio, theatre productions, writers, interviews with practitioners, masterclasses, poetry readings DVDs, Blu-ray. 

Featured Books

Johny Pitts reads from Afropean, shortlisted [now winner] for the Jhalak Prize

The winner of the Jhalak Prize. Book of the year for a Writer of Colour 2020. Unfortunately not available for the Library to buy as an e-book. 

To look at the short and long lists and entries from past years have a look at the Jhalak Prize website

Finding Books & eBooks

Some books are only available as eBooks, so always search the Library Search Plus in addition to checking the shelves. eBooks are great because they let you search through the whole book for keywords, copy key quotes, and highlight or add notes against interesting passages as you read. 

eBooks are also available through databases, which you can search separately:

If you are having difficulty with ebook searching on search plus you can go direct to the individual e-book databases ad search them indiviudally. There is a list of the most useful ones for Creative writing below. 


The Library has access to thousands of books, both in print and online.

To find a book in the library, first search the Library Catalogue. This will give you an idea about the range of books on a topic, as well as information about where you can find a book on the shelf.

Subject Librarian

What Does Your Subject Librarian Do?

Your Subject Librarian can help with:

Conducting research and finding high-quality sources

Using information resources and search tools effectively

Referencing, from in-text citations to your bibliography