COMP STUDIES 2350 Introduction to Folklore

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Folklore Resources


Librarian's Choice

Open Folklore

Open Folklore is a scholarly resource devoted to increasing the number and variety of open access resources, published and unpublished, that are available for the field of folklore studies.The AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus, an online vocabulary for information about folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, and related fields, is also accessible through Open Folklore.


EBSCOHost Databases (Folklore) is a multi-interdisciplinary suite of databases covering the arts, humanities, law, life and health sciences, social sciences, science and technology. Databases contain content from popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, documents, books, reports, conference proceedings, and other digital media. Features Open Cluster Searching. Select -- Academic Search Complete; Academic Search Premier; Anthropology Plus; MLA International Bibliography; Religion and Philosophy Collection and; RILM Music Encyclopedias.

The Credo Reference database provides vetted background information on academic subjects and topics. Users can access full-text atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and thesauri covering every major subject. Unlike Wikipedia, Credo Reference provides credible resources for papers, presentations, and publications.

Oxford Bibliographies provides access to annotated research guides in Africana Studies, Latino Studies and other area studies. The Oxford Bibliographies contain vetted content based on scholarly accuracy, authority, and objectivity.

Oxford Reference The prestigious Oxford University Press online reference resource provides access to general reference dictionaries and encyclopedias, language dictionaries and thesauri, quotations and timelines, and subject reference works.

Project MUSE  Project MUSE is an online collaboration between libraries and publishers to provide digital access to humanities and social sciences books and journals.

Folklore Encyclopedias

Brown, Mary E., Bruce A. Rosenberg, Peter Harle, and Kathy Sitarski. Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1998.

Brunvand, Jan H. Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Frank, Russell. Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013.

Herrera-Sobek, María. Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2012.

Lee, Jonathan H. X. and Kathleen M. Nadeau. Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Locke, Liz, Theresa A. Vaughan, and Pauline Greenhill. Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2009.

McCormick, Charlie T. and Kim K. White. Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 

Additional Folklore Resources

Gates, Henry L, and Maria Tatar. The Annotated African American Folktales. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018.

McNeill, Lynne S. Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2013. 

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