This is a research guide for finding materials on mythology in the Greenfield Library at the University of the Arts. Reference materials are listed first, followed by a list of suggested subject headings for searching library catalogs. Periodical indexes to magazine articles and newspapers are next, followed by style manuals and finally Web sites. If you have questions about this topic please contact Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference Librarian.
If you're interested in myth, you may also be interested in the subject guide on Signs and Symbols.
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 (lists of additional materials on a topic, usually considered by the author to be the best materials on that topic) that you can use to find other materials.
Call numbers are for the Greenfield Library unless otherwise indicated.
- The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. 15th ed. Chicago, Ill. : Encyclopaedia Britannica, c1992.
REF 031 N42 1992
- See Micropaedia (blue spine) Vol. 8, p. 470, for a definition of myth, and the index (purple spine) for a list of many articles in the Macropaedia volumes (brown spines) on myth and mythology.
- Grant, Michael and John Hazel. Gods and mortals in classical mythology. G. & C. Merriam Co. .
REF 291 G76
- Lurker, Manfred. Dictionary of gods and goddesses, devils and demons. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987.
REF 291.2103 L974d
- Bell, Robert E. Women of classical mythology : a biographical dictionary. ABC-Clio, 1991.
REF 291.2114 B413w
- Lurker, Manfred.. The gods and symbols of ancient Egypt : an illustrated dictionary. Thames and Hudson, 1980.
REF 299.3103 L974g 1980
- Scheub, Harold. A dictionary of African mythology : the mythmaker as storyteller. Oxford University Press, 2000.
REF 299.6203 Sch29d
- Oxford guide to classical mythology in the arts, 1300-1990s. Oxford University Press, 1993.
REF 700 R272o v. 1-2
- An index to mythological characters as represented in literature, painting, sculpture, music, theater and dance.
- Hall, James. Dictionary of subjects and symbols in art. Harper & Row, 1974.
REF 704.94 H143d
- Whittlesey, E. S. Symbols and legends in western art. Scribner's, 1972.
REF 704.94 W61
- Mode, Heinz. Fabulous beasts and demons. Phaidon, 1974.
REF 704.946 M72f
- What is the griffin and what does it symbolize? Find out here!
- Walker, Barbara G. The woman's dictionary of symbols and sacred objects. Harper & Row, 1988.
REF 001.56 W151w
- See Section 9, "Deities' Signs," and Section 10, "Supernaturals."
- Walker, Barbara G. The woman's encyclopedia of myths and secrets. HarperSanFrancisco, [1992?]
REF 291.1 W151w
- Gods and heroes of classical antiquity. Flammarion, c1996.
REF 704.947 Ag39g
ART AND MYTHOLOGY
GODS IN ART
MYTHOLOGY, CLASSICAL, IN ART
MYTHOLOGY IN LITERATURE
For particular ethnic groups or geographic areas use MYTHOLOGY, [adjective]:
If you are looking for pictures, be sure to check the Picture File on the lower level of the Library.
Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in journals and magazines.
Be aware that there are different ways to find an article once you pull up a citation in the index:
- Check to see if our library holds the journal title. Look in the library's printed list or look up the journal title in the catalog and look at the holdings.
- See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
- See what other libraries in the area hold the journal.
- Use interlibrary loan to request materials not owned by the UArts Libraries.
On the Web:
Go to the library's Research Tools and Resources page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases, indexes, and reference works. You can select View Databases by Type or View Databases by Subject to see which is best for your topic, or you can always ask a librarian which ones to try.
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. If you are using the Internet for research you want to choose sites that meet the standards of accuracy, currency and authority.
Below are just a few mythology-related sites that may be of interest to the University of the Arts community.
Librarians' Internet Index
Always a great place to start. Just go to the home page and search for mythology. Note that the annotations indicate the intended audience and that some are for elementary school students.
"An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend." Listed in "Best Reference Sources 2002" of Library Journal (April 15, 2003 issue).
Online version of one of the best-known resources in mythology. "Although a bit outdated as a mythology reference by modern academic standards, Thomas Bulfinch's The Age of Fable Or Stories of Gods and Heroes is the book probably most responsible (followed by Edith Hamilton's Mythology, Robert Graves' The Greek Myths, the works of Joseph Campbell, and the historical fiction of Mary Renault) for popularizing Greek mythology during the past hundred and fifty years. The first two paragraphs of Bulfinch's Introduction to The Age of Fable constitute one of the most effective and poignant arguments for the study of Greek mythology I have ever read."--from Webmaster's notes