To find articles about your organization, try these databases, which will connect you with all kinds of sources. Use the Search Tips tab above for pointers on how to search databases efficiently. You will probably find a lot of information (but sometimes you find no information!). Be persistent, try various search terms, and above all, ask for help if you're stuck. Send me (Julie) an email with any questions or to set up a time to meet.
There are (at least) two ways to find information.
Libraries also use a third way - classification. Once you find a book in the catalog and note its call number, you'll find it is shelved with other books on the same subject. The shelving system is old and odd, but it still helps you browse by general category. College libraries don't use the Dewey Decimal system; they use the one the Library of Congress uses. But it's the same concept.
Long before the internet, Stith Thompson wanted to make it possible for folklorists to find similarities in folklore across the world. To do this, he created a classification scheme that would sort all folklore into broad categories.
He sorted folktales into these categories, listing where they were published, and created an index to them all. Ask for this set at the information desk in the library. (There is an online version, too, but it's basically a copy, and not any easier to use.)
To search for tales, there are several steps:
It can be quite a lot of detective work!
To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via the search box on the library's homepage.
When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number.
General Collection, call numbers A - PQ are on the Third Floor
General Collection, call numbers PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor
Oversize are on the Third Floor, Beck Hall side
Reference are on the Second (Main) Floor, Beck Hall side
Browsing are on the Second (Main) Floor near the entrance
Young Adult & Children's Books are on the First Floor
AV materials (DVDs, etc) are on the First Floor
Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. The system is a little tricky to figure out at first, so don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Information Desk (main floor of the library).
Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.
You can check books out at the Information Desk. This page has information about loan periods, renewals, etc.