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Creative Writing

Resources for Fiction and Poetry students. This guide supports students in English 20, 20W, 136, 137, and 138.

UCLA Library Catalog

Useful Collections

Here are some print collections that writers find useful.

Tips for Book Searching

When searching for books in the UCLA Library Catalog, here are a few strategies:

  • Do a Keyword search using terms or phrases (put whole phrases in "quotation marks").
  • If you have the title of a book you want, do a Title search.
  • If you find a useful book, click on the Subject(s) to get a list of subject headings that will lead to other books on the same topic.
  • Use a question mark to find all words that share a root. Searching for american? will retrieve american and americans.
  • If you already have a book or article on your topic, use its bibliography to find others on the same topic.

If your book is checked out

If your book is checked out, you can recall it and the library will hold it for you when it is returned. The person who has the book checked out will receive an email telling them that someone else needs the book and the new due date will be 7 days from when the recall request was made.

If your book is in the SRLF

If the book you want is located in the SRLF (the Library's storage facility) you have two choices to retrieve it:

  1. Visit in person between 1 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  2. Using the "request" button in the library catalog, request it to be delivered to a campus library convenient for you. Requests usually take one day to fulfill and you will receive an email when the item is in.

For more details on finding, retrieving, and using items from SRLF, visit the SRLF webpage.