James H. Thomason Library

English 111 Introduction to the Fairy Tale
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Beauty and the Beast. illustration by Walter Crane. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, Southwark, London, ca.1901. Repository: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: ARTstor Image Database

  Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Biographical Sources
  Citation Style
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  Worldcat & Interlibrary Loan
eBook Collections
  EBSCO eBook Academic Collection
  EBSCO eBook Collection
Circulating Books
  Collected Tales
  History and Criticism
  Tale Adaptations
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Articles

Key Journals

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Reference Sources    

Print Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.

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Use the index in the last volume of multi-volume sets to save time and find more information.

Authors of Books for Young People Scarecrow Press, 1990.  
Main Level, Reference:
R 809.89282 Au814

A Dictionary of Symbols. Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant; translated from the French by John Buchanan-Brown. 
Main Level Reference:
R 302.222 C427D

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. Paula S. Fass, editor. Macmillan Reference USA, c2004   Main Level Reference: R 305.2303 En19E (3 vols.).

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.38766 En19E
  Excellent entry for "Fairytales." Also provides entries for Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast (including Disney adaptations), as well as Puss-In-Boots, Cinderella, etc.

Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature, Mary Ellen Brown & Bruce A. Rosenberg, editors, ABC-CLIO, c1998. 
Main Level Reference: R 803 En19E2

Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art. Thomas A. Green, ed., ABC-CLIO, 1997.
Main Level Reference:
R 398.03 F719F [2 vols]

Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and CustomsCarl Lindahl, John McNamara, John Lindow, editors, ABC-CLIO, 2000.
Main Level Reference:
R 398.03 M468M


Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales

                [3 volume eBook]. Greenwood Press, 2007. 

"The most comprehensive work of its kind, this massive Encyclopedia gives students and general readers a broad, accessible, multicultural survey of folk and fairy tales from around the world. Edited by one of the foremost authorities on the subject, the Encyclopedia draws on the work of numerous expert contributors and covers a broad range of themes and motifs, characters and character types, genres, individuals, national traditions, and other topics."



The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature [CREDO Reference], Continuum Pub., 2005.

Dictionary of English Folklore [Oxford Reference Online]. Jacqueline Simpson and Steve Roud, Oxford U. Press, 2000.

A Dictionary of Superstitions  [Oxford Reference Online]  Iona Opie and Moira Tatem, editors. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender  [Gale Virtual Reference Library], Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. Includes entries for “Fairy Tales,” “Little Red Riding Hood," and “Big Bad Wolf.

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast, eds. 4th ed. St. James Press, 2001. 4 vols.

Indices        back to top

Index to Fairy Tales.  Multiple volumes, with supplements.

Main Level, Reference: R 016.398 Ea79I

Morphology of the Folktale,  2nd rev. ed.  V. Propp. University of Texas Press, 1975.

398.210947 P945M

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Motif-Index of Folk-Literature; A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Exempla, Fabliaux, Jest-Books, and Local Legends. by Stith Thompson. Revised and enlarged edition.Rosenkilde and Bagger Pub.[1955-58]. .Main Level Reference: R 398.012 T377M  (6 volumes).

The Storyteller’s Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children.  1st ed.,  Margaret Read MacDonald. Neal-Schuman Pub., 1982.  Main Level Reference: R 016.3982 M145S

Biographical Sources          back to top

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson Gale]  Includes reference works such as Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Newsmakers, Contemporary Authors Online, and Encyclopedia of World Biography.

Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale]. Literature Resource Center is a comprehensive online source for literary criticism and other information about authors, their works, and literary topics. Includes biographical information from Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography series, as well as British Writers [Main Level Reference: R 820.9 B777B]. Also provides full-text content from the Scribner Writers Series, including Writers for Children.

Something About the Author. Gale Research. Main Level Reference: R 928.1 C737S Library has vol.1 (1971) to vol.182 (2008). Covers writers of children's and adolescent literature. Provides biographical information, as well as career information, bibliography, and "Sidelights" of the authors' works.

Handbooks & Companions   back to top

Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook.  D.L. Ashliman. Greenwood Press, 2004.398.2 As35F 

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Also available online via EBSCO eBook Academic Collection 

Historical (Cultural & Social) Background Sources   back to top

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. Paula S. Fass, editor. Macmillan Reference USA, c2004   Main Level Reference: R 305.2303 En19E (3 vols.).

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000 (6 vols.) Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief. Scribner, 2001.  Main Level, Reference:  R 306.094 En19E

Contents: v. 1. Methods and theoretical approaches -- The periods of social history -- Regions, nations, and peoples -- Europe and the world -- v. 2. Processes of social change -- Population and geography -- Cities and urbanization -- Rural life -- State and society -- v. 3. Social structure -- Social protest -- Deviance, crime, and social control -- Social problems and social reform -- v. 4. Gender -- The family and age groups -- Sexuality -- Body and mind -- Work -- v. 5. Culture and popular culture -- Modern recreation and leisure -- Religion -- Education and literacy -- Everyday life -- v. 6. Biographies -- Contributors -- Index

Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. William W. Kibler & Grover Zinn, eds. Garland Pub., 1995. Main Level, Reference: R 944.003 M468M

Peasant and Community in Medieval England, 1200-1500. Phillipp R. Schofield. Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 307.720942 Sch63P

Citation Style   back to top

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
. 7th ed.
Modern Language Association, 2009.   
Main Level,
Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and
R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Circulating Books    
Collected Tales    back to top

The Annotated Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; edited with a preface and notes by Maria Tatar.  W.W. Norton, 2004.  398.20943 An 78A
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The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. Maria Tatar, editor.  Norton, 2002.  398.2 An78A 

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The Blue Fairy Book.  Andrew Lang. Grosset & Dunlap [n.d.]   398.4 L25B    

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Celtic Fairy Tales. Joseph Jacobs. Dover Publications,1968. Routledge, 1989. 398.21 J153C 

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Don't Bet On The Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales In North America And England.  Jack Zipes, ed. Routledge, 1989398.2082 D719D  

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The Girl Who Married A Lion: And Other Tales from Africa.  Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon Books, 2004. 398.20968 M124G   

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Grimm's Fairy Tales. Illustrated by Noel Pocock. Children's Classics, 1988. CL 398.2 G883G3

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Irish Fairy Tales. James Stephens. Collier Books, 1962.  

398.209415 St44I  

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Rare Treasures From Grimm. Trans. Ralph Manheim. Doubleday, 1981. CL 398.2 G882G3 M314R 

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Russian Fairy Tales. A.N. Afanasev. Pantheon Books, 1975.  398.20947 Af16R  

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History and Criticism      back to top

Bluebeard : A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition  Casie E. Hermansson, University Press of Mississippi, 2009,  EBSCO eBook Collection.

Click on title to view table of contents or to connect to the ebook

The Brothers Grimm and Their Critics
. Christa Kamenetsky. 398.092243 K128B

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The Brothers Grimm : From Enchanted Forests To The Modern World. Jack Zipes. 398.092243 Z67B

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Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales. Valerie Paradiz. 398.20943 P211C

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Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films.

Jack Zipes. Taylor & Francis/Routledge. 2011. EBSCO eBook Collection.

Fairy Tale Romance: The Grimms, Basile, and Perrault. James M. McGlathery. University of Illinois Press, 1991. 398.209 M176F

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The Feminine In Fairy Tales.Marie-Louise von Franz. Random House, 1993.398.2082 F857F On RESERVE (at Circulation Desk)

Folk and Fairy Tales: A Handbook. D.L. Ashliman. Greenwood Press, 2004 398.2 As35F  

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From The Beast To The Blonde: On Fairy Tales And Their Tellers. Marina Warner.

New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.

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Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation. Amy M. Davis. John Libbey Publishing, c2006.  741.58 D29G

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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, And the Culture Industry. Jack Zipes. 398.2 Z68H

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The Hard Facts of The Grimms’ Fairy Tales.  Maria Tatar.  Princeton U. Press, 1987. 398.21 T187H

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall : Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales. Kate Bernheimer, editor. Anchor Books, 2002. 810.99287 M679M   

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Morphology of the Folktale. Vladimir Propp.  U. of Texas Press, 1975. 398.210947 P945M

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Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender And Narrative Strategies.  Cristina Bacchilega. U. of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. 398.2 B12P

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Tales From Eternity; The World Of Fairytales And The Spiritual Search. Rosemary Haughton.  Seabury Press, 1973. 398.2 H292T

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The Uses Of Enchantment: The Meaning And Importance Of Fairy Tales. Bruno Bettelheim.  Knopf, 1976. 398.45 B466U

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Tale Adaptations       back to top

Beauty: A Retelling Of The Story Of Beauty & The Beast.
Robin McKinley. Harper & Row, 1978.CL 398.2 M215B

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The Boardwalk Princess. Arthur A. Levine and Susan Guevara. Tambourine Books, 1993.CL 398.21 L578B (adaptation of “Brother and Sister")

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Dawn. Molly Bang. Mulberry Books, 1991. (adaptation of “The Crane Wife"). CL 398.2 B224D

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Elves, Fairies & Gnomes: Poems. Selected by Lee Bennett, illus. Rosekrans Hoffman. Knopf, 1980. CL 821 El86E

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The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith.  Viking, 1992.CL 398.2 Sci27S

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Willa [an American Snow White]. Davenport Films; produced by Tom and Mimi Davenport; directed by Tom Davenport; screenplay, Gary Carden.

Lower Level, Music & Movies Room. DVD 792.1 W66W  

Locating Books   back to top

Use THOMCAT, our online catalog, to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, word, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:             
    Perrault Charles   [as AUTHOR]
    Perrault Charles   [as SUBJECT]
    Tatar, Maria        [as AUTHOR]

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The terms below are examples of subject headings related to this course:

Subject searches in Thomcat (Thomason Library Catalog)

  Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales -- History And Criticism

  Fairy tales -- Germany -- History and criticism

Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703 -- Criticism and Interpretation


Literature and Folklore


Basile Giambattista Ca 1575 1632 Criticism And Interpretation


Symbolism In Fairy Tales  


Folklore Great Britain

  Folklore Germany

Subject Searches in the PASCAL catalog
(Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries

  Fairy Tales -- History and Criticism  (Note increase in number of titles vs. Thomcat )
  Basile Giambattista Ca 1575 1632 Pentamerone
  Sleeping Beauty Tale Adaptations
  Fairy Tales Arab Countries
  Fairy Tales Italy History And Criticism

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.

Expanding Search Results

• Use Truncation
· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term:
magic* = magic, magical, magician

•Use Synonyms and Related Terms

· Use OR between similar/related terms to retrieve EITHER term

folklore OR folk tale*

myth* OR legend* OR lore

La Gatta Cenerentola OR "Cinderella Cat"

Narrowing Search Results

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:

Perrault AND fairy tales

wolf AND red riding hood

Combining "AND with "OR" terms

Group "OR"words in parentheses (nesting) when combined with "AND" terms

     Sleeping Beauty AND (film* OR movie*)

Use "quotes" around a phrase

(in ThomCat, PASCALcat, Academic OneFile,, JSTOR, and Project MUSE)
"wonder tales"

"Cinderella Cat"

  Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs, & library databases
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WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan    

, a catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching WorldCat to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.


LEFT: "Cinderella." Arthur Rackham, Illustrator. 1919.  RIGHT: " Puss Comforts His Master, the Miller's Son.” Walter Crane. (ca.1873) Watercolor on paper.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.   Images source: ARTstor Image Database

eBook Collections   back to top

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection 
Over 80,000 electronic books covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBook Collection 

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

Locating Articles & Criticism:   back to top
Reference Sources & Criticism    

Literature Resource Center
[Thomson Gale]
Search the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database with one query. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

Journal Articles   back to top

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Use for literature and language topics. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

An archive of over 350 full-text journals can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Academic Search Complete 

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals


Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of over 100 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Key Journals     back to top

Marvels and Tales

An international forum for folktale and fairy-tale scholarship and serves as a central forum for the multidisciplinary study of fairy tales. Introduces new areas of fairy-tale scholarship, as well as research that considers the traditional fairy-tale canon from new perspectives.

The Folk-Lore Journal (1883-1889) continues The Folk-Lore Record (1878-1882)

Asian Folklore Studies   (continues Folklore Studies )

Founded in 1942 in Beijing as Folklore Studies, the journal was renamed Asian Folklore Studies in 1963 in order to highlight its close relationship to Asian cultures. It is a semi-annual journal published by the Anthropological Institute of Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. The journal publishes contributions on any topic related to folklore, yet a special effort is made to include research by Asian scholars and folklorists related to Asian cultures.

Western Folklore Western Folklore is the journal of the Western States Folklore Society (formerly the California Folklore Society). The journal, which began publication in 1942 as the California Folklore Quarterly, is devoted to the description and analysis of regional, national, and international folklore and custom, and to the development and critique of folklore theory.


Journal Finder   back to top


Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Internet Resources:   back to top


Fables, Fairy Tales, Stories and Nursery Rhymes


SurLaLune Fairy Tales 

SurLaLune Fairy Tales features 49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1,500 illustrations.

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts.  Edited and/or translated by D.L. Ashliman, U.of Pittsburgh. c1996-2008.

Image Sources               back to top

ARTstor Image Database
High resolution images from galleries, museums, and other repositories.

Bridgeman Art Library Archive
[CREDO Reference]. Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art as well as design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artefacts and many others are featured in the collection.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Images Online) OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. (from website)  


SurLaLune Illustration Gallery

Web site featuring annotated full-text
fairy tales. Image gallery provides
over 1,500 illustrations.

  "If you were to open the door, I should be very   

  angry." Illustration from  Les Contes de Perrault,

  Dessins par Gustave Doré. Paris: J. Hetzel, 1867.


ABOVE: Walter Crane, Little Red Riding Hood. London:   

            George Routledge and Sons, 1875.

BELOW: Edward Burne-Jones,  The Briar-Rose. 1890.

All images this section: SurLaLune Illustration Gallery

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