There was a time in the not-so-recent past when you had to know your way around a library, a card catalogue, and the periodical index if you wanted to do any kind of serious research in folklore studies. Oh how things have changed. Wikipedia is one thing, but it lacks the imprimateur of scholarly review. If you can’t get yourself to a university library, but still want to dig deep into folklore research, there is a handy alternative.
We were delighted to learn about a new resource that makes folklore books, journals, and gray literature (things like white papers and policy materials, conference programs, presentations, syllabi, and teaching materials) available to all via the internet. It was developed by the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Libraries and it is called Open Folklore. Go explore . . .