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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 our library catalogue.

The catalogue will tell you:

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

To only see e-books in your search results, choose ‘Refine your search options’ (may display as + on some devices) then choose ‘Internet’ under ‘Library Location’.

When you’re connecting to an e-book you may need to log into OpenAthens before you can open it.

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 searching the catalogue using the following code:

class:([dewey number]*)

For example: some books about colonialism have the Dewey Decimal number 325.3. You can find further books on this subject (and subjects within it) by searching for:


Not every book in the Library that deals with colonialism will be shelved at the same number. Sometimes, it is better to use a key word search for a subject instead.

The following table has links to the catalogue covering some of the areas 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.