This is a guide to materials on fairy tales and folklore in the Greenfield Library and Music Library at The University of the Arts. If you have questions or comments about this topic please contact Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first place to look when beginning research on a topic is in reference material: specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias or handbooks. These allow you to check names, dates and places, find additional information, look up unknown terms, and check for the proper spelling of words. They are particularly helpful for finding basic background information on a topic, and are often the only place many students may need to look to find answers to their questions. They may include bibliographies that you can use to find other materials.
Call numbers are for the Greenfield Library unless otherwise indicated.
Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees. NY: Tudor Publishing Company, .
REF 398.368 L528f
Green, Thomas A., ed. Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1997.
REF 398.03 F719e v. 1-2
Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folklore and Folklife. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.
REF 398.03 G856c v. 1-4
Walker, Barbara G. The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.
REF 291.1 W151w
Below are a few suggested subject headings to try in the library catalog. Click the links to run the search. These subject headings are standard in just about every American library.FAIRIES
FAIRY TALES--HISTORY AND CRITICISM
SYMBOLISM IN FAIRY TALES
GRIMM, JACOB, 1785-1863 as author
GRIMM, JACOB, 1785-1863 as subject
GRIMM, WILHELM, 1786-1859 as author
GRIMM, WILHELM, 1786-1859 as subject
FOLKLORE AND CHILDREN
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND FOLKLORE
Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in journals and magazines. ALWAYS use magazines and journals to find the most up-to-date information on your topic.
On the Web:
Go to the library's Articles page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases, indexes, and reference works. You can always ask a librarian which ones to try. EBSCOhost is usually your best place to start. JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive is good for scholarly journal articles on fairy tales and folklore.
When you find information on a topic, no matter what format it takes (book, journal, Web page), there are style manuals to show you the correct way to give cite those sources in a paper.
Searching the Web can be overwhelming. Be sure to look at Web results with a critical eye.
American Folklore Society
"The American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. Our more than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work."--from "About the American Folklore Society