Folklore & Mythology

Background Information

More books on this topic can be found using the Library's catalog.

American Folklore: An Encyclopedia REF GR 101. A 54 1996
Dictionary of African Mythology Online only
Dictionary of Asian Mythology Online only
Dictionary of Celtic Mythology Online only
Dictionary of English Folklore Online only
Dictionary of World Mythology Online only
Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature REF PN 41. E 48 1998
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends REF GR 105.34 B 78 2001
Motif-index of Folk-literature* REF GR 72.56 T 48 1989
Myths and Legends of the World REF BL 311. M 97 2000
Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales Online only
Oxford Companion to World Mythology Online only

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier
This multidisciplinary database is a good source to start a search on any topic.
This anthropology database has numerous articles on folklore and mythology.
JSTOR is a journal archive that contains articles on a wide variety of topics, including history, anthropology, and folklore.
Project Muse
This humanities database has thousands of articles on anthropology, folklore, and mythology.

Web Resources

American Folklore Society
This professional organization of myth-collectors and anthropologists publishes a journal of folklore research. The site also lists career opportunities.
Encyclopedia Mythica
This online encyclopedia of mythology is constantly updated and includes mythic figures and creatures from Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, African, Native American, and other traditions.
Folktexts: A library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology
This collection of stories, gathered by a retired professor from the University of Pittsburgh, contains hundreds of tales from Europe and around the world. All stories are in English.
*How to Use the Motif Index
A motif-index is an invaluable tool for locating fairy tales and legends, but they can be tricky to use. This guide, created by the Anthropology Library at UC-Berkeley, can help you get started.