Folklore Research Guide

Journals, Indexes, Folklore Archives
HBLL 2003-2004
see also the related research guides on English and American Literature, American Literature and Comparative Literature.

Robert S. Means, English and American Literature Librarian, 5525 HBLL, 422-6117


  1. Folklore and Myth
  2. Folklore and Literature
  3. Folklore's Characters
  4. The Literature of Folklore
  5. Tales and Storytelling
  6. HBLL Catalog
  7. Journals
  8. Periodical Indices
  9. Other Literary Resources
  10. Other Resources/ Services
  11. Folklore Archives

Folklore studies (including studies in Myth, Storytelling, etc.) are scattered throughout the Lee Library – unfortunately, there is no one Library of Congress (LC) call number range that encompasses all aspects of something so cross-disciplinary. Here are a few LC call numbers for browsing:

Myth in Literature PN 56.M94
(level 5)
Symbolism in Literature PN 56 .S9
(level 5)
Folklorists GR 50
(level 1)
Storytelling GR 72.3
(level 1)
Folklore and Children GR 43. C4
(level 1)
Folklore and Education LB 1583.8
(level 1)

Below are some of the best, most current reference sources in Folklore. Other, similar titles, not mentioned, will be classed and shelved in similar LC numbers. (Keep in mind that many Folklore reference books, regardless of LC call number, are on level 5 as part of Humanities Reference, while many non-reference Folklore books – the GRs for example – will be down on level 1of the new building as part of Social Sciences

Humanities Ref.
35 . GR F63 1997
Folklore : an Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art / edited by Thomas A. Green. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1997.
Humanities Ref.
BL 715 .D56 1998
Encyclopedia of Greco-roman Mythology / Kimberly A. Christen. Denver, Colo. : ABC-CLIO, c1998.
Humanities Ref.
GR 524 .C48 1998
Clowns & Tricksters : an Encyclopedia of Tradition and Culture / Kimberly A. Christen. Denver, Colo. : ABC-CLIO, c1998.
E 98 .M4 L98 1998
Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism : Sacred Ceremonies of North America / William S. Lyon. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1998

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Humanities Ref.
PN 41 .E48 1998
Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature / editors: Mary Ellen Brown, Bruce A. Rosenberg ; editorial assistants: Peter Harle, Kathy Sitarski. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 1998.
Humanities Ref.
PS 169 .F64 X65 1984
Folklore and Literature in the United States : an Annotated Bibliography of Studies of Folklore in American Literature / Steven Swann Jones. New York : Garland Pub., 1984.
Humanities Ref.
PN 980 .S66 1998
Encyclopedia of Fable / Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1998.

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Humanities Ref.
GR 549 .R65 1996
Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, Goblins : an Encyclopedia of the Little People / Carol Rose. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, c1996.

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Humanities Ref.
GR 67 .T52 1966
Motif-index of folk-literature : a classification of narrative elements in folktales, ballads, myths, fables, mediaeval romances, exempla, fabliaux, jest-books, and local legends. Rev. and enl. ed. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1966.

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Humanities Ref.
GR 72 .S76 1997
Storytelling Encyclopedia : Historical, Cultural, and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around the World / general editor, David Adams Leeming ; project editor, Marion Sader. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1997.

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Keyword Searching Searches every field in the record (brings up a lot, but not always relevant material).
Advanced Searching Allows you to customize your search to look for words in the title, subject field or elsewhere in the record.
Browse Alphabetically Searches the subject field in the record (what the book is about).

This is the best way to find what the HBLL has about an author: simply enter the author's last name, first name (for example "Frost, Robert") and you'll get a list of works on Frost:
bibliographies, biographies, criticism and interpretation, etc.
An efficient way to search the Lee Library catalog is to use a subject search. When you search by subject, you're searching book records for their contents, and not just for key words in book titles. The trick is to know how your subject is phrased in the Lee Library catalog. Some examples of recognizable subject terms: Folklore, Mythology, and/or Storytelling. To search by subject, select the "Browse" or "Advanced" search option(s), enter your subject, Folklore, for example in the "Search Term" box and click on "Subject"as the search category. Now browse the related headings to find other related subjects. For example: if you subject search for Folklore, then click on “related headings,” you'll see listed the narrower subject terms, Ethnology, Literature and Folklore, Mormon Pioneers Folklore, Mormons Folklore, Symbolism in Folklore, Trickster, Urban Folklore, and Material Culture among many others.
Truncation Use the "$" to search for the variations on a root word:
"poet$" will retrieve "poets," "poetry," "poetic," "poetics," etc.
Subject Links When you're looking at a book record in the HBLL catalog, check the highlighted subject links, you may want to click on one to bring up other titles in the HBLL that deal with the same subject.
Call Number Browsing When you find a book on your subject, click on the highlighted call number in the upper LH corner of the HBLL catalog record to see what other books are near it on the shelf.

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PR 478 .F35 M9

Mythlore. Whittier, Calif. :Mythopoeic Society, 1969-
GR 72.3 .S76x
Storytelling Magazine. Jonesborough, Tenn : National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, c1989-

You can also search the Lee Library catalog under other subjects for journals treating Folklore. Here are some examples (for more on subject searching in the Lee Library catalog, see Subject Searching above):

Tales--History and Criticism--Periodicals

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Humanities Ref.
PB 41 .X1 M6

MLA Bibliography
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography
Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB)
Indexes articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. From 1921 in the print version. The electronic version covers from 1963, and is updated ten times per year.
Humanities Ref.
PE 51 .X1 M69
ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Lang. & Literature)
Annual Bibliography of English Lang. & Literature
Indexes books, scholarly articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and dissertations dealing with English language and literature published anywhere in the world. From 1920 in print and electronic versions.

Humanities Ref.
AI 9 .I5

International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ)
Aus allen Gebieten des Wissens = International bibliography of periodical literature covering all fields of knowledge = Bibliographie internationale de la littérature périodique dans tous les domaines de la connaissance. Indexes international periodicals in all scholarly disciplines. Electronic version indexes from 1989. Updated twice a year. Available on the library's homepage under "Article Indexes" or "Resources by Subject."
Periodicals Archive Online (ProQuest)
Indexes thousands of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, from their first issues through 1991 (1770-1991). Includes journals in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
AI 1 .A27x Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI): Web of Science (ISI)
From 1975-1993 in the print version. Indexes over 1,300 international arts and humanities journals. Also indexes all references cited within the articles. The electronic version, the Arts/Humanities Search (Citations), indexes from 1980, and is updated weekly.
Humanities Index
Humanities Ref.
AI 3 .H85

Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Includes 350 journals in archaeology, area studies, art, classics, communications, dance, film, history, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion. From 1974 in the print version. The electronic version, Humanities Abstracts, covers from 1984, and is updated monthly.
Contains 48 of the very best literature journals in full-text going back to their first issue (in some cases to the late 1800's). The articles are retrieved in Adobe Acrobat and so appear as they did when they were originally published.
Project MUSE
Indexes the full-text of nearly 200 scholarly journals in literature, literary theory and popular culture studies; however, in most cases only a few of the most recent years of each journal are available in the Project MUSE archives.

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Literature Resource Center (LRC) Literature Resource Center (LRC)(Gale)
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, critical analysis, and Web resources of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors. Searchable by Author Name, Title, Genre, Literary Movement or Literary Themes.
Humanities Ref.
PE 1625 .O87 1989
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online
2nd ed. / prepared by J.A. Simpson and E.S.C. Weiner. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. The 20 volume 2nd ed. OED includes 320,000 entries of English words; 580,000 cross-references; and 2.4 million quotations.

Book Review Digest
Gen Ref
Z 1219 .C96

Indexes book reviews of popular English-language fiction and non-fiction from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. From 1905 in the print version. The electronic version covers from 1983, and is updated monthly.


Catalogs of Other Libraries

The library's homepage provides access to the online catalogs of other libraries: academic and public libraries in Utah, and across the USA (including the Library of Congress). BYLINE also connects you to RLIN (the Research Library Information Network) and OCLC (Worldcat), the two largest networked databases of records from major research libraries in the country. BYLINE also links to catalogs of libraries in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and South America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

Interlibraby Loan
3421 HBLL

Books or journals not held by the Lee Library may be obtained from other libraries, through the Interlibrary Loan office. Books are sent free of charge. Journal articles are photocopied or scanned and sent as an email attachment

The archives consist primarily of folklore students' work dating from the early 1970s to the present. Folklore documents, verbal, material, and customary lore. Twelve genres are focused on in the archive——legends, myth, personal narrative, folk tales/jokes, folk beliefs, folk speech, customs, ballads/folk songs, riddles, games, rhymes, and material culture. Archival materials include short collections and more in-depth projects. The archive houses a large collection of Mormon folklore. More specific Mormon topics focus on families, courtship, life at BYU, missions, camp, folk speech, and tangible items. The Folklore Archives is part of Special Collections on the first floor of the library, room 1130. The hours are Monday 8am-5pm, Tuesday 8am-9pm (closed for devotionals), W-F 8am-5pm,and Saturday 10am-5pm. But, due to limited staffing, patrons are encouraged to call ahead (378-6041) twenty-four hours before they need materials. Patrons may leave their requests on voice mail. Materials are then picked up at the Special Collections Reading Room Desk, and can be used only in the Reading Room. For further questions, contact Kristi Bell, the curator of the Folklore Archives, at 378-6041 on Mondays 9-12, and TTh 9-5.

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