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Religion 395: World Mythology Resources

Finding Background Information & Context
Oxford Reference Online
Use to find background information on your myth. Try limiting a search to the ‘Mythology & Folklore’ or ‘Religion & Philosophy’ subject areas to narrow your results. more information

OhioLINK Electronic Book Center
Use to find background information and scholarly books written on your myth. Try the Folklore, Mythology and Religion subject areas.

The Mythology of all races. Louis Herbert Gray, ed., 1916-32. [Ref BL 25 .M8 – 10 volumes]
This ten-volume older source covers myths throughout the world and may contain background information on harder-to-find myths.

Finding Texts of Myths
World mythology : an annotated guide to collections and anthologies / Thomas J. Sienkewicz, 1996. [Ref BL 311 .Z99 .S53]
If you need to find a myth or a published version of a myth, this annotated bibliography can be very helpful. Search the OhioLINK catalog for copies of items we don’t have!

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
From the University of Pittsburgh, this list contains cited electronic copies of original texts as well as links to other sites containing electronic versions. Search the OhioLINK catalog to find print copies of the books.

World Myths and Legends in Art
Want to see how your myth has been represented in art? Check out this site from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts – although it’s far from comprehensive. It includes links for the story and background related to each myth, as well as citations for its information. Check them out for more useful sources.

Also try searching the Muskingum or OhioLINK catalog using keywords specific to your myth. A subject search for ‘mythology’ will help you find anthologies or reference works on the subject. If you can’t find the text you need, ask a librarian!

Finding Modes of Analysis
Dr. Conroy has already listed several good sources for you, which I’ve linked to below. They are all available through OhioLINK. Also try doing a subject search for ‘Religion -- Methodology.' or a do an advanced keyword search using the subject ‘Religion -- Study and teaching’ combined with a ‘theor*’ as a keyword. Remember that you can click ‘search OhioLINK’ to run the same search in the OhioLINK catalog.

Finding Scholarly Research
Where you go to find information on your myth will depend on what you’ve chosen. There are many different databases that will look for different things. Remember that your myth may be covered by many different databases depending on its form and the method of scholarly analysis – for example, creation myths might be treated as religion by some scholars and literature by others. Use this list to help find the databases that are appropriate for you, and always remember that you can ask a librarian for help if you get stuck or overwhelmed.

Keep in mind that in many databases you can limit your search to ‘peer-reviewed articles’ or ‘academic articles’.

MLA International Bibliography
Use to find articles on your myth from a literature perspective. MLA will also include articles written on comics. more information

ATLA Religion Database
Use to find articles on your myth from a religion perspective. more information

Humanities International Complete
Use to find articles on your myth from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective. Humanities International will also include articles written on comics. more information

Film & Television Literature Index
Use to find articles on your myth covered in the film and television literature. more information

Anthropology Plus | off-campus
Use to find articles on your myth from an anthropological perspective. more information

Don’t forget to look for books on your myth! You can access books from Muskingum's library and other libraries in Ohio. We have access to over 46 million books.

  • Check the Muskingum Catalog for books at the Muskingum University Library.
  • OhioLINK Catalog allows you to find and request books in other university libraries in Ohio. They arrive in 2-3 days, and you'll receive an e-mail when they come in.
  • WorldCat is a catalog of materials held worldwide. Materials in WorldCat that are not available through OhioLINK can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Use a 'keyword' search to find materials inside a book or a 'subject' search to look for books by subject. Look for the subjects listed in the records of books you’ve already found or have the titles of and use those to do a new search.

Subject Guides
Use the library’s subject guides to find other reference, print, and electronic resources. You might try looking at more than one subject guide – several may have information relevant to your topic. Some good ones for this assignment are listed below.

Other Help
Citation Guides and Aides
A collection of online resources to help you cite your sources and to help you get a handle on the plagiarism issue.

Evaluating Sources
Resources to help you answer questions like ‘is this scholarly research?’ and ‘how reliable is this web site?’

Your Friendly Muskingum Librarians
We’re around from 8 am – 9:30 pm most days and always ready to answer questions. Stop by or send us an IM from the library homepage!

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