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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.

Become a better researcher - try using Subject Headings

Subject Heading Searching

In addition to keyword searching, or searching by title and author, you may search the library catalog by subject heading, in order to make use of the catalog's controlled vocabulary. Subject headings are assigned to published material by the Library of Congress. They can be very broad, consisting of one word, for example, literature or folklore  or mythology, but they also tend to link terms together, specifying what a work is about according to theme, period, geographical region, etc.

Examples of more specific subject headings include:

  • Literature--history and criticism--theory, etc.
  • Psychoanalysis and folklore
  • Gender identity in literature
  • Fairy tales -- France -- History and criticism

In general, if you are looking for criticism related to an individual (writer, performer, artist, etc), you can add a hyphen to the person's name and attach criticism and interpretation, then search as a subject heading. If you are looking for criticism of a theme or literary or artistic movement, you can attach the phrase history and criticism. For example:

  • Carter, Angela, 1940--Criticism and interpretation
  • Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898 -- Criticism and interpretation

You could also do a keyword search, combining the terms fairy tales and criticism, both as subject heading terms.

  • Fairy tales -- History and criticism

Primary Sources

A selection of books