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Creative Writing: Journals

Library subject guide for creative writing

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Why use journals

Shows a pile of journals

Journals are generally more current than books and more specific in their focus. Many academic journals are peer-reviewed, meaning they are evaluated by other experts in the same field before publication. This makes them a good quality source of academic information.

You can access thousands of journals through the Library, most of these online: we subscribe to over 67,000 journals electronically. 

Finding online articles

Library Search

Library Search

Featured journals

Oxford Literary Review
Contemporary Literature
New Literary History
Modern Fiction Studies
Granta Magazine
Ambit Magazine

Web Bridge

Library databases will often show a link to the PDF or full text of the article which you can download or print. However, there may be occasions where the full text is not available from within the particular database you are searching

In this case you will need to click on the WebBridge link or icon webbridge icon

WebBridge searches across our other databases and subscriptions to try and locate the article for you. Our finding full text guide PDF Documentshows you how WebBridge works

Journal Databases

MLA International Bibliography

One of the best databases for indexing secondary literature from books, journals, theses etc in English studies.

A humanities and social science journal archive that has strong coverage in literary studies. Just note that it is an archive and does not contain content from the last 3-5 years

Project MuseProject Muse

Journals database of scholarly titles in the humanities and social sciences, covering literary studies.

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar 
broadly searches the web for scholarly literature across disciplines and source types: journal articles, theses etc. from publisher websites and institutional repositories.

Find out more on the Library website here.