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Folklore & Mythology: E-Resources

Folkloristics, the study of Folklore, is the study of human expressive culture, and includes myths, legends, folk- and fairy-tales, jokes, proverbs, jump-rope rhymes, material culture, and much more.

E-Resource Starting Points

Free e-resources are a growing part of many library collections.  Please find below a small selection of primary e-sources (e.g., collections of folktales, legends etc.), websites (e.g. resources available via the Smithsonian Institution), and other digital tools to get you started as you pursue your research.  We have separated out e-journals for ease of access.

Other Web Pages

The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd

The romantic legend of two lovers, Zhinu and Niulang, inspired the tale of The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd, which has been celebrated in China with the Qixi Festival for nearly two millenia.