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A. Bibliographic, encyclopedias, dictionaries, guides....

Aarne, Antti, and Stith Thompson. Types of the Folktale: A Classification and Bibliography. Tr. and enl. by Stith Thompson. Academia Scientarum Fennica, 1961.

Baughman, Ernest W., Type and Motif Index of the Folktales of England and North America. The Hague: Mouton, 1966.

Bauman, Richard, ed. Folklore, Cultural Performances, and Popular Entertainments: A Communications-Centered Handbook. Oxford University, 1992.

Brown, Mary Ellen and Bruce Rosenberg, eds. Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature. ABC-CLIO, 1998.

Brunvand, Jan. American Folklore: An Encyclopedia. Garland, 1996.

Brunvand, Jan. Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Carnes, Pack. Fable Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography. Garland, 1985.

Davey, Gwenda.   Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore. Oxford University, 1993.

Dorson, Richard M. ed.   Handbook of American Folklore. Indiana University, 1983.

El-Shamy, Hasan, Folk Traditions of the Arab World: a Guide to Motif Classification, 2 vols., Indiana University, 1995.

El-Shamy, Hasan. Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A demographically Oriented Approach. Indiana University, 2004.

Enzyklopädie des Märchens: Handwörterbuch zur historischen und vergleichenden erzählforschung. Ed. by Kurt Ranke et al. Walter de Gruyter 1977-.

Feintuch, Burt, ed. Eight Words for the Study of Expressive Culture. University of Illinois, 2003.  

Garry, Jane, and Hasan El-Shamy, eds. Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature: A Resource. M.E. Sharpe, 2005.

Gibbs, Laura, trans. and comm. Aesop's Fables. Oxford University, 2002.

Green, Thomas, ed. Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Belief, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO, 1997.

Hansen, William. Ariadne's Thread: A Guide to International Tales Found in Classical Literature. Cornell University, 2002.

Hansen, William. Handbook of Classical Mythology . ABC-CLIO, 2004.

Hultkrantz, Ake, ed.   General Ethnological Concepts: The International Dictionary of Regional European Ethnology and Folklore. Vol. 1. Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1960.

Internationale Volkskundliche Bibliographie/International Folklore Bibliography , 1917--.

Leach, Maria, ed. Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. Harper and Row, 1972.

Lindahl, Carl, John McNamara, and John Lindow, eds. Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs . 2 vols. ABC-CLIO, 2000.

Mieder, Wolfgang.   International Proverb Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography: Supplement I (1800-1981). Garland, 1990.

MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures. vol. V: Folklore. Modern Language Association of America, 1981-.

Niles, Susan. South American Indian Narrative, Theoretical and Analytical Approaches: An Annotated Bibliography. Garland, 1981.

Richmond, W. Edson, Ballad Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography. Garland, 1989.

Taft, Michael, ed. The Centennial Index: One Hundred Years of the Journal of American Folklore, 1988.

Thompson, Stith. Motif-Index of Folk-Literature: A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Medieval Romances, Exempla, Fabliaux, Jest-Books and Local Legends. 6 vols. Indiana University, 1955-58.

Wildhaber, Robert, ed.   International Folklore and Folklife Bibliography. R. Haberlt, etc., 1929-.

B. Journals

(1) folkloristic

Asian Ethnology (formerly Asian Folklore Studies) (Nagoya)
Children's Folklore Review
Ethnologia Europaea (Journal of European Ethnology) (Copenhagen)
Folklore (UK)
Folklore Forum
Indiana Folklore
Journal of American Folklore
Journal of the Folklore Institute
Journal of Folklore Research
Journal of Folklore Research Reviews
Journal of Latin American Lore
Midwestern Folklore
Oral Tradition
Southern Folklore (Southern Folklore Quarterly)
Western Folklore

(2) related fields

American Anthropologist
Anthropological Linguistics
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
Journal of Museum Anthropology
Language in Society

Poetics Today
Text and Performance Quarterly