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Creative Writing

Why research?

library shelves with glowing light bulbsResearch can both inspire and inform your creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Whether you're browsing for information to spark your creativity or to check your facts, this guide provides links to resources that can help.

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Getting Started with Reference Books

Reference books are designed to help users find factual information or gain a broad overview of a topic. Typically, they also provide citations of sources for further investigation.

Reference books covering a wide array of subjects are located on the first floor and may be used within the library. The library is organized according to Library of Congress classification, meaning the books' call numbers begin with letters that indicate their subject. Librarians can help you decide where to browse for specific topics.

The list below offers some suggested research topics for writers, but it is only a starting point. Any information that helps you see the world in new ways may contribute to your writing.