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This guide is a starting point for research at the Dulaney-Browne Library in creative writing. If you're looking for a quick start, refer to the instructions below. For more depth, click the blue tabs immediately above.

Quickstart Guide

To find a book, use the SEARCH the Library Catalog tab. Use the dropdown menu to the right of the search box to refine your search. Results from the catalog may include ebooks.

To find journal articles, use the SEARCH EBSCOhost tab above.

To find reference information, try the SEARCH Oxford Reference tab above.

To find an ebook, use the SEARCH Ebrary tab.

You may request books or articles that are unavailable at our library through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Log In Remotely

The library pays for access to many of the sources in this guide. If your computer isn't connected through the OCU network, it will prompt you before granting you access to those resources. To log in, use the same username and password you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn. The log in looks like this:


The databases below are the best resources for research in writing and literature. Most (but not all) of the articles come from peer-reviewed journals. This is a great place to find secondary resources.

Academic Search Complete – comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

Humanities International Complete – resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.

JSTOR – Full-text database of older scholarly journal articles including botany, humanities, education, history, social science, political science, social science, music, business, and statistics.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts – useful for finding reviews of fiction and non-fiction and bibliographies.

Project Muse – Collection of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.


Click on Languages & Literatures to find electronic and print journals in the field of Literature available in the Dulaney-Browne Library. Please select the subcategory of your choice to see journal titles.

Ebrary, WorldCat, & The Library Catalog

Most literature titles in Dulaney-Browne Library are found in the call number range 800 through 890 in the reference area on the first floor and on the third floor. Some are electronic books available online through Ebrary. To find books in other libraries and obtain them through interlibrary loan, use WorldCat.

If you're an MFA Student living outside the Oklahoma City metro area, using your local library will be more efficient. You can use the free version of WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/) to locate a library system near you. Every library system has its own interlibrary loan service, so please take advantage of it.


To find materials related to literature and English in the OCU library, use the "Search the Library Catalog" box at the top of this page. While the search default is set for "Keyword Relevance" you can use the drop-down menu to select other types of searches. If you're not sure where to begin, click on the suggested subject links below:

Creative Writing

Literature Use for Western Literature.

American Literature

Classical Literature

Modern Literature

Additional subject terms can be found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Internet Resources

Association of Writers and Writing Programs supports "over 34,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 100 writers' conferences and centers."

Poets & Writers: Tools for Writers are "resources with real value to writers, including P & W's databases of creative writing contests and grants for writers, MFA programs, literary journals, and much more."

NewPages.com is a collection of "news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more."

Introduction to Modern Literary Theory is maintained by Dr. Kristi Siegal of Mount Mary College.

Online Literary Criticism Collection–Internet Public Library links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.

Perspectives in American Literature is maintained by Dr. Paul P. Reuben of California State University, Stanislaus.

The Poetry Foundation "is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."

Purdue OWL: Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism is a site designed to "help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy."

Voice of the Shuttle is maintained by the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Downloading eBooks from Ebrary

To your Apple iOS or Android device

Download the Ebrary app for iOS (iPhone or iPad) here. (Requires iOS 4.3 or later and iPhone 3GS or later.)

Download the Ebrary Android app here. (Requires Android 2.1 or later.)

To your computer, an older iPhone, an older Android phone, or Kindle


If you're using an older device (e.g., an iPhone 3), you'll need to download ebooks to your computer before loading them onto your device.

To download ebooks from Ebrary to your computer, follow these steps:

1. Create a free Ebrary account.

2. Create a free Adobe account.

3. Download Adobe Digital Editions software.

4. Sign in to Ebrary.

5. Open the title you want.

6. Click the Download button.

7. Follow the instructions to save or open the ebook file.

At this point, you can read the book in Adobe Digital Editions or upload ebooks to your older device. Apple and Android devices will require an app like the Bluefire Reader. The Kindle does not require an app. Here's how to get the ebook from your computer to your older Apple device, so you can read them with the Bluefire Reader app. (Instructions for Android devices and the Kindle are further down.)

Apple iOS

(NOTE: If you're using an older device, you'll need to download ebooks to your computer before loading them onto your device. See instructions above under Computer.)

1. Put the Bluefire Reader app on your Apple device: Bluefire Reader for Apple iOS.

2. Download an ebook into Adobe Digital Editions.

3. Open iTunes.

4. Go to Apps and transfer the file from My Digital Downloads to the Bluefire Reader app.


(NOTE: If you're using an older device, you'll need to download ebooks to your computer before loading them onto your device. See instructions above under Computer.)

1. Put the Bluefire Reader app on your Android device: Bluefire Reader for Android.

2. Connect the device to your computer via USB port.

3. Drag the ebook file from My Digital Downloads and drop it into the Bluefire directory on your device.


When you hit the download button in Ebrary, you have the option to download a chapter or section of up to 60 pages as a PDF.

1. Save the PDF to you desktop.

2. Plug in your Kindle with its USB cable.

3. Drag the PDF into the Kindle documents folder.

Search for Video Adaptations

Note: An Actor/Actress search will also include books written by the actor/actress.

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