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Creative Writing

Getting Started

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. 


Find 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!


Find Short Stories

Looking for short stories in a specific genre or about a certain subject are? Use the Short Story Index! This tool is helpful for fiction writers who want examples of short stories. You can search by author and publication, too.

Note: Keep in mind that this is an index only––you won't find PDFs of the short stories. You'll need to follow up with a search in the library catalog to access the stories, and use the Ask A Librarian chat service if you have questions. 

Library Updates due to COVID-19 Closures

The main floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) is open for study and book pick-up. Library stacks are closed for browsing, and other branch libraries remain closed. Please check the Libraries Service Continuity guide for more information, including service hours and occupancy limits. 

You can request print books through our Pick It Up service using in the library catalog. You can pick up books at the PCL main desk. Books duplicated in the HathiTrust digital library will not be eligible for the Pick It Up service. 

Many library services are available online. Gina Bastone, the English Librarian, is available for:

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

InterLibrary Services (ILS) is not lending print books. If you need a book that we do not have at the library, you can request an ebook purchase or request individual chapters through the ILS Get A Scan service

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