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Myths, Fairy Tales and Folklore

A guide for students and researchers interested in the study of Mythology, Fairy Tales and Folklore.

Database Search Tips

Here are tips for better search results in databases. This usage works on most databases, but check 'Help' sections for supported search syntax. 

Boolean: (using operators: and, or, not) 

fairy tale AND cinderella searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined.

snow white OR sleeping beauty searches for one or all, but both are not required.

snow white NOT disney searches for occurrences of the words ‘snow white’ without use of the word ‘disney.’

(snow white NOT disney) AND sleeping beauty searches for occurrences of the words ‘snow white’ without use of the word ‘disney,’ then also requires the words ‘sleeping beauty.’


Truncation: 

art* searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.


Wildcard: 

m?n searches for man and men. 

General databases

General databases contain content from a variety of subject areas and publication types.  This will allow you to look at your research from a wide perspective.  Be sure to use the search refinements each database may offer including: date, document type, and source type. 

Literature Specific databases

Unlike the general databases, subject-specific databases generally focus solely on journal articles as a publication type and do not have a broad, multidisciplinary approach.  This is a brief list of some of the many databases that would be useful in the study of Mythology, Fairy Tales and Folklore Literature.

Other Subject-Specific Databases

In addition to looking at Mythology and FairyTales from a literary perspective, it is helpful to broaden your research and venture into other disciplines.  Here is a brief list of databases that may enhance your research: