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Folklore Resources: Finding Background Information: Reference Materials

Last updated: 01-26-2009

Finding Background Information: Reference Materials

Reference books (both in print and electronic versions) include dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, manuals, handbooks, and much more. Reference books can help you to:

  • Explore a topic: find out what has been said about this subject, trends, issues, etc.
  • Identify unfamiliar terms or people in your reading
  • Find references to other books and articles on the subject
  • Find specific keywords to use in online searches

 

 

Online Reference Materials

  • Oxford Reference Online
    Contains online versions of dictionaries and encyclopedias previously published in paper by Oxford University Press. Titles within the Mythology and Folklore unit include: A DICTIONARY OF AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY; A DICTIONARY OF ASIAN MYTHOLOGY; A DICTIONARY OF CELTIC MYTHOLOGY; A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH FOLKLORE; THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE; A DICTIONARY OF SUPERSTITIONS; A DICTIONARY OF WORLD MYTHOLOGY; and THE OXFORD COMPANION TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online
    The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.

On Religion:

Interdiscplinary Books in Reference:


For quick look-ups, and overviews that contain citations for other resources.

  • Encyclopedia of American History (Facts on File)
    A guide to the most important individuals, events, and topics in U.S. history.
  • Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History
    Contains thorough entries on all aspects of American thought and expression throughout history.
  • Encyclopedia of American Social History
    This 3-volume set covers all aspects of social history such as family life, work life and labor, education, and more.
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