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Creative Writing for short courses: Journals

A guide to resources available for Continuing Education students taking short courses in Creative Writing

Finding Journals

On this page you can find out about:

  • Understanding journal citations/references (box on right)
  • Using SOLO to find journal titles (online and in print) and to find specific journal articles
  • Key journals for Creative Writing

If you are interested in browsing SOLO for articles on your topic, click on the tab Oxford's online resources 

Using SOLO to find journal titles and articles

You can use SOLO to find journal titles and articles.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO Help guide 

  • When searching for specific journals and articles it helpful to understand the different parts of the journal citation (see the box opposite for more information)
  • Use the Search Everything or the Oxford Collections search in SOLO to search for journal titles 
  • Use the Articles search in SOLO to search for journal articles (see image below)
  • Omit information such as volume, issue and page numbers from your SOLO search as SOLO will not always understand them.
  • Results will include journals in both digital and physical format. You can limit your results to a specific format using the options under Sort & Filter Results
  • Use e-Journals A-Z to browse the complete list of online journal titles subscribed to by Oxford University
  • Use Databases A-Z to browse for journal articles on your topic. For further information click on the tab  Oxford's online resources

Key e-Journals

Here's a sample of e-journals available for Creative Writing

Print Journals held at Continuing Education Library

The Library holds print copies of the following journals. Journals are for reference use only.

current 2 years held in Reading Room
Current 2 years held in Reading Room
1997 - 2002, Lower Library
1997 - current, Lower Library
Current 2 years held in Reading Room
2014 - current, Lower Library

Keep up to date: TOCs & Alerts


The JournalTOCs Tables of Contents service makes it easy to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by allowing you to find tables of contents for  thousands of journal tables. If you sign up for  a JournalTOCS account you can receive tables of content from your favourite journals by email or RSS feed.


This 'alerting service' from the British Library provides  access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of current journals and conference proceedings. The Zetoc database covers 1993 to date, and is updated daily.

As with JournalTOCS  you can search for journal articles and conference proceedings and set up email and RSS feed alerts.

Understanding journal citations

A citation to a journal article will include several pieces of key information:

  • Author(s) name
  • Year of publication
  • Article title
  • Journal title (this is the name of the journal or publication in which the article appeared.  The journal title often includes the word 'journal' or 'review' (e.g. English Historical ReviewJournal of Ecology) or the word Quarterly or Transactions (e.g. Human Rights Quarterly; Philosophical Transactions).  Others give fewer clues (e.g.  Nature, History Today, The Guardian, Landscapes)
  • Volume, issue  number and pages numbers 

e.g.  Meaden, G. Terence,  2017. Drombeg Stone Circle, Ireland, analyzed with respect to sunrises and lithic shadow-casting for the eight traditional agricultural festival dates and further validated by photography. Journal of Lithic Studies, 4(4), pp. 1-17

You can search SOLO by 

  • author name and/or article title  
  •  journal title
  • See the box opposite for more information