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Western Carolina University

Fairy Tales and Folklore

Your guide to researching fairy tales, folklore, legends, and mythology

Find Books and Book Chapters

The Library Catalog is the best place to start. You can find fairy tales, their adaptations and retellings, biographical information about the authors (when known), and scholarship about the fairy tales, themes, and creators. Note: Fairy Tales are located in various library locations, such as the CMC (Curriculum Materials Center). Each record notes the location and has a Map It link to show you where to find the book.

Browse for books

For international adaptations, try this keyword search: [your tale] and retelling

Find Articles

This search searches within several relevant databases, such as the MLA International Bibliography, Academic Search Premier, and Education Source.  Tip: use the word AND in between your key terms. Example: Cinderella and feminist

Limit Your Results

Other helpful databases

Fairy Tales by Region