Selected Resources for: Fairy Tales

Subject Librarian:

Malaika Grant

grant044@tc.umn.edu

This subject covers: Literature, History, Anthropology


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute from the UK. Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. The index offers excellent coverage of all core periodicals in the field in addition to local and lesser-known journals. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.

Note: A&HCI is no longer searchable as a separate index.
(1) Start by clicking on this link, which takes you to the Web of Science main page.
(2) In the search box enter one or more key words.
(3) On the next page, under Research Domains, select Arts and Humanities to limit your results.
(4) Hints: Your choice of words can influence the results. For example, "hydraulic fracturing" will favor science-journal articles; "fracking" will retrieve more articles in humanities and social-science journals.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Very well done pages of a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century children's book illustrators. The treatment of each illustrator includes a brief biographical sketch, list of works, and a bibliography. Heavily illustrated. List of illustrators includes Walter Crane, Richard Doyle, Kay Nielsen, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, and N.C. Wyeth.


Dictionaries

Funk and Wagnalls standard dictionary of folklore, mythology, and legend

Interspersed among the typical dictionary entries are more than fifty survey articles on a variety of folklore topics (Germanic folklore, Motif, French folktales, Types and Classification of folklore). Another useful feature is a key (think: index) of "2,045 countries, regions, cultures, culture areas, peoples, tribes, and ethnic groups" to pinpoint specific articles and entries in the body of the book.

Larousse dictionary of world folklore

In addition to folklore definitions, the dictionary includes a bibliography of recommended works, a brief reading list divided by region, biographical sketches of prominent folklorists, and a list of ethnographic and folklore museums around the world.


Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of folklore and literature

Encyclopedia presents entries of authors and their writings, concepts, themes, and scholars to illustrate how the studies of folklore and literature have influenced one another. Each signed entry ends with a short bibliography. Includes cross references. To fully understand the scope of the encyclopedia, be sure to read the Introduction, pp. xxxi-xli.

Folklore: An encyclopedia of beliefs, customs, tales, music, and art

Emphasizes folklore scholarship from North America and Europe. Cross-cultural perspective. Cross references abound; each article includes a bibliography.

Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

In addition to short articles on significant terms in children's literature (see the articles on fantasy and chapbooks), the volume is especially useful for overviews of such popular tales as Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, as well as information on children's writers (such as Hans Christian Andersen; Comtesse d'Aulnoy). Instead of listing important works in a bibliography at the close of an article, they are included within the body of the article.

Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales: The Western fairy tale tradition from medieval to modern

600 pages with entries by more than 75 scholars; includes illustrations.

Storytelling Encyclopedia

"Historical, Cultural, and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around the World." In two parts; Part 1 is a group of essays written by the advisors and consultants of the work. They discuss the origins of storytelling; stories as making connections between people and cultures; overview of the oral tradition in the United States, within ethnic groups and genders; and storytelling as an expression of our desire for a utopia, or a place of plenty or peace. Part II is a more than 700 entry encyclopedia; a selected bibliography is at the end of each entry. At the end of the volume are an index and a selected bibliography of works. Useful because it places the oral narrative within a global context.


General Reference Works

Storyteller's Sourcebook: A subject, title and motif index to the folklore collections for children

"A finding tool for storytellers," it lists and describes folktales and their variants from 556 folktale collections and 389 picture books. Use any of the four indexes to locate tales: motif, tale title, subject and ethnic and geographic; see the Bibliography of Collections and Single Editions Indexed for source information. Developed from the citations that appeared in the Children's Catalog, 1961-1981.

Offers the full text of some of the variants of well-known and not so well-known tales, including Cinderella, The Singing Bone, and The Bremen Town Musicians, along with some analysis of the texts.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Comprehensive page; links to thirty-six variants of the tale, as well as art, criticism, media, bibliographies about Snow White, fairy tales, and folklore, and additional fairy tale and folklore WWW pages.


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Journal Titles

Full text of the journal, both current and back issues, through U of M's subscription to Project Muse, a collection of electronic journals.
For earlier issues (v.1-23, 1977-1999), visit Wilson Library's Periodicals and Newspapers Room, on the Basement Level.

This site lists the journal's tables of content only; includes indexes of articles; reviews and reviewers.
Because the site offers only tables of contents, come to Wilson Library's Periodicals Room (Basement Level) to photocopy articles you need from the journal,from 1987 to the present., v.1-13.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

In addition to membership information, this organization offers the tables of contents to the Journal of American Folklore, a link to the American Folklife Center (Library of Congress) and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (Smithsonian), higher education programs in folklore, and a searchable database of folklore Web pages.

The University of Southern Mississippi is home the one of the largest children's literature collections in North America. Among their large holdings, they own a particularly strong collection of fairy tale literature, stretching from the 1700s to the present, from many regions in the world, and in several languages.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Research Guides

Sierra has made available on the Web three chapters from her Storytellers Research Guide: Chapter One: Research Basics, Chapter Three: Tracking Down Tales, and Chapter Four: Around and About the Tale.


Style Manuals

Electronic Styles : A Handbook for Citing Electronic Information


University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The University of Minnesota Libraries English page will direct you to local collections and to Internet resources.


Library Information

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