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Applied Writing: Books, E-books and Reference

Our guide for Applied Writing students - helping you make the most of our library

Useful books and e-books for Applied Writing students

Finding books and e-books

Your first stop to find books and e-books is Library Search.

Library Search will tell you:

  • whether we have an e-book, a print book, or both
  • where you can find a print book on our shelves using the shelfmark
  • how many copies we have and - if they’re checked out - when they’re due back

To only see e-books in your search results, limit your results to 'eBooks' using the Material Type filter on the left-hand side of your search results page.


Shelf locations for Applied Writing

As Applied Writing students, we encourage you to use resources from all areas of the Library. We organise our printed resources using the Dewey Decimal system.

When you search for a book on the catalogue, you will see its Dewey Decimal number. You can search for other books with the same number - meaning they share the same or very similar subject matter - by using the 'Browse the Shelf' option at the bottom of the page.:

The following table details some of the areas in the library that may be particularly relevant to Applied Writing students.

Media, Journalism and Publishing 070
Journalism 070.4
Publishing 070.5
Occupational ethics 174.9
Rhetoric (art of written and spoken communication) 808
Rhetoric of Poetry 808.1
Rhetoric of Drama 808.2
Rhetoric of Narrative fiction 808.3
Rhetoric of Speech (including presentations) 808.5
Literary criticism and theory 801.95

Using reference sources

Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference sources can help you find your way into your assignment reading or research. They're also great if you need a quick definition or an overview of a subject.

Printed reference sources

Many of these sources are in our Reference section on level 1 of the library.

Online reference sources

Links and search boxes for our key online reference sources are available below. If you are not on campus, you may need to sign in to OpenAthens to use these resources.

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