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Folklore and Mythology Subject Guide


General Resources

Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
Dictionary of the world's major myths and legends.

The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English
Alphabetised reference work providing a critical and appreciative overview of English language children's books from across the world.

Fables Encyclopedia
Mortensen Library Reference PN6727.W52 F343 2013

Myths & Legends
Myths and legends, with their fantastical settings and parade of exotic creatures and beautiful immortals, have inspired some of the most popular works in the National Gallery Collection.

Myths and Legends of the Celts
Myths and Legends of the Celts is a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to the mythology of the peoples who inhabited the northwestern fringes of Europe - from Britain and the Isle of Man to Gaul and Brittany.

The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s
Mortensen Library Reference NX650.M9 R45 1993


Who's Who in Classical Mythology, Routledge
Guide to the leading men and women of Classical Mythology. Also have older edition in print Mortensen Library Shelves [BL715 .G68 1993].


Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable
Devoted exclusively to the history, culture, mythology and language of the island of Ireland.

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable
Phrase and fable dictionary for the 21st century.

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained
Alien abductions, bleeding trees, crop circles, phantom funerals and mysterious showers of fish all feature in this uniquely wide-ranging and balanced guide to unexplained phenomena.

Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend
Information on aspects of Hinduism including mythology, practices, customs, and laws.

Dictionary of Jewish Lore and Legend
Information on aspects of Judaism including mythology, practices, customs, and laws.


Encyclopedia Mythica
An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend covering a wide array of cultures: Chinese, Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek, Haitian, Japanese, Norse, Roman, Welsh and others.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
Urban legends are a specimen of modern folk narrative, and this encyclopedia contains entries on how to collect, classify, and analyze texts and performances.


Academic Search Premier
Indexing and abstracts for over 8,000 journals in all subject areas, with full text of articles from nearly 4,600. Includes some popular magazines as well as scholarly journals.

Essay & General Literature Index with Retrospective
Years Covered: 1900-
Essay & General Literature offers access to tens of thousands of essays that are otherwise all but inaccessible. This resource also unlocks a wealth of information in thousands of collections and anthologies, making your library more valuable to researchers in a wide array of fields.

FindArticles (Look Smart)
Searches for articles in approximately 900 magazines and journals. Emphasis on trade publications. Text only - no graphic content available. Some articles available to subscribers or for a fee only.

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature across disciplines and sources. Includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, etc. Particularly strong in sciences and social sciences. Selected full text. Many links are to publisher's sites which sell access. ON Campus - links to U of H holdings are available. OFF Campus - U of H users should check our holdings and use Interlibrary Services as needed.

History Reference Center
Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Humanities Abstracts
Strong resource index for all aspects of the Humanities including: Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Theology

MLA Bibliography
International index of books and journals. Covers modern languages, literature, linguistics, and folklore. For information about the periodicals included, consult the MLA Directory of Periodicals.

ProQuest Social Science Journals
ProQuest Social Science Journals is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of social science journals. The database includes over 530 titles, with more than 300 available in full text.


Journal of American Folklore
Mortensen Library Periodicals GR1.J86 A51 (1966-1994; ONLINE 1994-present)


Aesop's Fables
This site includes the full text of Aesop's Fables in the public domain. The fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson, and the fables of both Ambrose Bierce and Jean De La Fontaine are also included in this rich site of children's literature.

American Folklore
Retells American folktales, Native American myths and legends, tall tales and more. Indexed by state, ethnicity, and character.

Ancient Egypt: The Mythology
Detailed, award-winning site devoted to ancient Egyptian religion and mythology.

Classical Myth: the Ancient Sources
Images, timelines, attributes, and sections of ancient texts all interlinked for a better sense of who those Greek and Roman gods in classical literature were. Indexed by Greek name only.

Ethnographic Studies Resources
A Library of Congress internet resource for information on Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore and Folk life.

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
Hundreds of fairy tales and legends are presented in this site. It is arranged alphabetically by title o r topic. The country of origin is listed, as well, for easy reference.

Grimms' Fairy Tales
Collections of the Brothers Grimm tales as published in various English language editions, presented by the World of Tales.

The Internet Sacred Texts Archive
This is the single largest religious text archive on the internet and an important and expanding collection of primary source materials.

"Guaranteed Kidsafe", this site is appropriate for students and teachers wit h an interest in Greek mythology. It provides summaries of myths based on the ancient texts, lesson plans for teachers, and an Illustrated Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology.

The web version of this document can be found online at and Mythology