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Primary Sources

This research guide will help students find and cite primary source materials, with special attention to resources related to topics frequently covered in ENGL 102 courses.

What is Folklore?

Folklore consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs that are the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group.


How to Find More

Use the following keywords in a UT Collections search to find folktales in books: "fairy tales", "haunted places", legendsmythstaleswitchcraft.

Folktales are often classified by motifs and types.  Similar motifs and tales are often told among many different cultures.  Find more information about the Aarne-Thompson classificatiion here: