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* MFA Creative Writing Resources: Books & E-books

This guide Is a starting point for locating information and for researching literary topics.

Library Catalog Quick Links

Snyder Poetry Collection


The Snyder Poetry Collection is housed on the fifth floor of the library. 

Richard Snyder (1925-1986) was a poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. He served for fifteen years as English department chair, and in 1969, co-founded and served as co-editor of the Ashland Poetry Press. He was also co-founder of the creative writing major at Ashland University, one of the first at the undergraduate level in the country.

Library Floor Plan

Use first letter of call number to find circulating books. Literature is on the 5th floor.  

 L                            Second Floor

Juvenile               Second Floor

AC-E                      Third Floor

F-K                         Fourth Floor

M-P                        Fifth Floor (Lit.)

Q-Z                        Sixth Floor

Oversized             Sixth Floor


Select E-books

Below are just a few of the thousands of titles that are available to you as an AU student. 

Searching for E-Books

Use the AU Library OneSearch on the Library home page to find eBooks.  (Most of our AU eBook subscriptions are not in the AU or OhioLINK catalogs.)

Follow the 4 steps below  to retrieve eBooks. 


Simply click on the Search button without entering a search.



On the next page, scroll to the bottom corner to the heading for Location and check off the box for AU Library Catalog, ELECTRONIC COLLECTION. Then type your search terms in the search boxes at the top of the page and click SEARCH.



 On the next page of results, use the left sidebar to Refine Search.
















Go to Source Type.



 If you don't see eBooks listed as a Source Type, click on Show More.


Check off eBooks and then click Update.

The list of results will include AU Library eBooks, OhioLINK eBooks, and a few other electronic publications such as government documents. Look for a link that reads eBook Full Text or Connect to resource.   (You will need to log in if you have not already done so.)


Request Books from the OhioLink Catalog

The OhioLINK Library Catalog contains almost 12 million unique titles from its 89 member libraries, two public libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Ashland U students, faculty, & staff can use the OhioLINK Library Catalog to find and request materials online, then pick them up two to three days later at the participating library of their choice. Users can renew books online and keep them for up to 15 weeks.

This resource is useful for any MFA student residing in Ohio or who lives within an easy driving distance of Ohio.

 OhioLINK Catalog Quick Search:

Link to Full OhioLINK Catalog

Map of OhioLINK libraries

Your Library Account (Use to renew AU & OhioLINK books)

Other Full Text Book Collections

Google Books

If a book is out of copyright or the publisher or rightsholder has given Google permission, you'll be able to page through the entire book.

Other ways to use Google Books:

Search for and browse books online

Search within the book

Find more information or other titles that interest you

Buy the book or locate it in a library

Download public domain works


Google Book Search