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Creative Writing

Designed for creative writing students, this guide takes you through the Library’s resources to improve your research.

Find Web Resources

Web Resources


Check out this collection of best web resources for creative writing and learn how to evaluate a website.

Other Web Resources

web resources & TOols

Resources for Writers

Small Presses

Literary Magazines

Literary Agents

How to Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources


While collecting and reviewing sources, how is it determined what is okay to use in academic papers? 

Here are 4 considerations when assessing whether or not a source is right for use in assignments.

  • Author
    • Who wrote it and what are their credentials? What larger organization are they affiliated with? If an author is search in Google, what is found? Is this article in their area of expertise? Can the author or organization be contacted?
  • Bias:
    • Can the angle/slant/bias in the article or on an affiliated web site be identified? What is the purpose of the study or content—to prove something to a particular group? Can the claims be corroborated with at least two other sources?
  • Content
    • Is the source accurate? Are there basic mistakes in grammar, dead links, or spelling? When was it published, posted, or last updated? Does it contain claims that contradict things known to be true or even other claims within the article itself?
  • Support
    • Does the content have citations or sources? Can the source(s) be verified? Do the sources' arguments support the claims of the topic being researched?

Searching Google



How To Refine Google Searches

Read Google's Tips on how to refine searches in their search engine.

Remember!: The first result on Google is NOT always the correct answer or best result. ALWAYS verify the result by using the evaluation Guidelines below.

Writer Beware

Writer Beware

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has a nice article describing various traps, scams, and pitfalls that any writer may come across in their career. The articles will often list the names of companies that have a reputation of deceiving writers. It is an excellent resource, regardless of an author's usual genre.

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