MYTHOLOGY RESOURCES //
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.
REF BL715 .G67 1973
REF BL303 .L8713 1987
REF BL715 .B445 1991
REF AM1 .M86 1905
REF BL2400 .S24 2000
REF NX650.M9 R45 1993 v. 1-2
REF N7560 .H34 2008
REF N7740 .W53
REF N7745.A5 M6213
REF CB475 .W45 1988
REF BL458 .W34 1983
REF N7760 A34 1996
ART AND MYTHOLOGY
GODS IN ART
MYTHOLOGY, CLASSICAL, IN ART
MYTHOLOGY IN LITERATURE
For particular ethnic groups or geographic areas use MYTHOLOGY, [adjective]:
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