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Creative Writing

This guide was built with the research, writing, and professional needs of creative writers in mind.

Books in the MSU Catalog

Searching for primary sources (e.g. diaries or memoirs, letters, original writings, etc.)?  Here are some helpful hints for finding a primary source within the library stacks.  Search the catalog with a keyword and one of these subject headings:

Encyclopedias can also provide information on various historical details.  They are helpful when trying to imagine yourself from the perspective of someone not from your own time/place/culture.

Search the online catalog for "encyclopedias" and your topic of interest as subject terms, i.e. "encyclopedias and clothing."

Use some of the suggested terms here, or start your own search.

Go to the online catalog.

Databases that help with Accuracy

The databases below all have access to primary, historical resources.  You must have a netID and password to fully access the databases below.