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FYS: Fairy Tales: Grimm, Disney and Beyond: Home

FYS for Alyssa Howards created in Spring 2013

Databases

ZSR Homepage Search
A good place to start for many topics. 

MLA International Bibliography
Covers journal articles in the fields of literature and folklore more comprehensively than Academic Search Premier.  Also includes references to individual book chapters, which is an important way of publishing in this field. You might want to limit your search to English.

Literature Resource Center
Has some literature criticism, but its best feature is the overviews of works.

Screenshot of Literature Resource Center

Academic Search Premier
Journal articles on many subjects.  Good source for most topics.  In this database I recommend limiting to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" to avoid popular magazines.

ZSR Library Catalog
Best source for books.

Film and Television Literature Index
If your topic is film adaptations.

Search Tips

Watch out for variant spellings of names of works, characters, etc.

In MLA and other databases, frequently English-language articles use the original language name for a work. Example: Nibelungenlied instead of The Song of the Nibelungs.

Use a * to cut off a word at its stem, e.g. Rumpelstil* will retrieve Rumpelstilzchen or Rumpelstiltskin

Type the word AND (or use the second row) if you want to enter more than one word that is not an exact phrase.

If you can't use a star to search for spelling variants, use OR
(brier or briar) and rose

A truly comprehensive search for this family of works would be

(brier or briar) and rose
or
Dornröschen or "Belle au bois dormant" or "sleeping beauty"

Reference Books and the Main Stacks

Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
PN3437 O94 2000

In the Main Stacks, books relevant to this course cluster in several different areas.

  • Fairy Tales as Folklore are shelved in GR550-560 (Reynolds 7)
  • Fairy tales as a general fiction genre are covered in PN3437 (Reynolds 5)
  • Specific fairy tales (or other works inspired by them) are shelved throughout P, depending on the nationality and era of the author. (Reynolds 2-5)

Subject Guide

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Carol Cramer
Contact:
cramercj@wfu.edu
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