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Creative Writing Resources: Finding Books

A collection of library resources to help you with your creative writing research.

IU Libraries System

Just because you are at IUS doesn't mean you are limited to the resources we have here in our library.  You can search in IUCAT to see what other IU libraries own.  If you find an item you want, and we don't have it here it IUS, but it's checked in at another IU library, you can request that it be sent here for you to check out.  Look for the "Request This" link in the record.

It can take 4-7 working days for an item to be sent here from another IU library, so don't wait until the last minute to begin your research. You want to allow for time just in case you want to take advantage of this service.

Browsing the Stacks for Literature

Our Library is organized by the Library of Congress system.  All of the books on the same subject are together on the shelf.

Here are some call number areas for literature that you might want to browse:

Class P -- Language and Literature

PE  English Language

PE 1400 Teaching Writing

PN  Literature (General)

PN 159 Teaching Creative Writing

PN 6727 and 6728 Comics, Graphic Novels

PR  English Literature  (alphabetical by the author's last name)

PS  American Literature (alphabetical by the author's last name)

PZ  Juvenile Fiction (in LB330 Curriculum Materials Center)

IUCAT: Indiana University's Online Library Catalog

IUCAT is the library catalog.  It is the tool that tells you what the library owns and where it is located.  You can use IUCAT to find books, journals, electronic books, and other resources. 

Think about your topic, and try to come up with a list of terms and concepts associated with that topic.  You can search IUCAT using those words by typing them into "keyword anywhere."  Use the word and to combine your terms.

Book Collections

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