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English and Creative Writing: Books and Journals

A guide to library resources for the English and Creative Writing department, including an overview of databases, advice on referencing, a support page for researchers and contact details for your department's Subject Librarian.

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The Subject Librarian for English is Mark Preston (

Books are arranged on the shelves by subject using Dewey Decimal Classification. The Literature section is on the 2nd floor in the 800s, but you will need to look at other sections as well, such as Oversize. Please see below for some relevant subjects and their shelf numbers.

Reference sections on each floor contain encyclopedias, bibliographies, dictionaries and directories. Similar items are available online, e.g. on Credo Reference.

Journals are arranged by shelf number on the appropriate floor, i.e. social sciences, education and language on the 1st floor, and art, music and literature on the 2nd floor. Most journals are on open access, but some back issues are kept in the reserve stack : you can request these at the Library help desk on the ground floor, and staff will collect them for you.

Electronic journals are available on Library Search and can also be accessed from the Library web pages. Our subscriptions include EBSCO, JSTOR, SAGE, Science Direct, and Taylor & Francis. Most e-journals can be accessed from outside college with your Goldsmiths username and password. Please ask at the enquiry desk for further details.

To find out whether the Library subscribes to a full-text e-journal, please check Library Search. Select 'journals' in the advanced search, or search for a keyword and 'perej' (a code for e-journals) e.g. English perej.


Second Floor 800 - 899    
801 Philosophy & theory of literature 822.33 Shakespeare
807.9 Children's Literature 823 English fiction
808.1 Literary composition : poetry 823.99 English fiction, 20th century
808.2 Literary composition : drama 823.996 African fiction
808.3 Literary composition : prose 823.99729 Caribbean fiction
809.1 History & criticism of literature : poetry 828.99 Modern biography
809.2 History & criticism of literature : drama 830-838 German Literature
809.3 History & criticism of literature : prose 839.5 - 8 Scandinavian literature
809.93 Literature dealing with specific themes 840-848 French literature
810 American (US) literature in English 850-858 Italian literature
811 American poetry 860-868 Spanish literature
812 American drama 870-889 Latin and Greek literature
813 American novels 891.7 - 74 Russian literature
820.9 History of English Literature 892.7 - 73 Arabic literature
821 English poetry 895 East Asian literature
822 English drama    


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