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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. 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. NOTE: Although reference books are listed in DELCAT Discovery as non-circulating, they are eligible for Library Pickup Service during the fall 2020 semester.