Creative Writing with Peter Ranscombe

Historical novelist Peter Ranscombe explains how to find and use Open Access scholarly works and other publications to undertake historical research for creative writing.

This case study explores how a writer can use open resources in their research, and particularly how open access to resources can benefit a writer’s research process. Much of the source material that Peter uses in his research comes from historical newspaper resources, and through aggregated search services at the National Library of Scotland. The University of Edinburgh publishes open access resources as well as contributing to many aggregated resources in public libraries.

  1. Context – Writing historical fiction
  2. Finding what you need
  3. Using open resources
  4. Benefits of using open resources