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Creative Writing

Getting Started

Library Updates due to COVID-19 Closures

All branches of the University of Texas Libraries, including the Perry-Castañeda, are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are unable to provide access to the print collections. 

However, library staff are working hard from home to continue our services. Gina Bastone, the English Librarian, is available for:

  • Research consults via Zoom
  • Questions over email
  • Library purchase requests for ebooks. (We are not buying new print books at this time.)

For the most up-to-date information about library services, please the Libraries Service Continuity guide.

Additionally, many publishers and database vendors have temporarily opened their online content to us. Please see this guide about temporary access for details. 

Getting Started

This guide is designed to aid writers and artists embarking on creative writing projects. If you are a UT creative writing student and need further help with research for your creative project, please contact Gina Bastone, Humanities Librarian for English Literature. See her contact info on the right. 


Background Information

Wikipedia can be a great place to get some context on a topic, but the UT Libraries also subscribe to reference databases that give you context, historical background, and bibliography lists for further reading. Unlike Wikipedia, these sources are written by scholars and experts. 


Finding Books

The UT Libraries hold more than 9 million physical volumes, as well as many ebooks! Searching for books in the Libraries' catalog can be an excellent way to get introduced to a topic, as well as help you go deeper. We recommend that writers start their research for creative projects with a library catalog search!

Please note: The print collections are currently unavailable, but we still have access to many ebooks!

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