When you are getting started on a research project, encyclopedias and reference handbooks can give you an overview of the topic, current questions, and suggestions for further reading.
Browse IUCAT for more online encyclopedias and handbooks on folklore (all are ebooks accessible to members of the IU-Bloomington campus). For even more reference works, visit the virtual folklore reference collection in the tabs to the left.
Folklore studies began at Indiana University under StithThompson in the 1920s, and Professor Thompson supervised many MA theses on folklore topics, beginning with Hortense Braden in 1926. Indiana University was the first university in the United States to offer the PhD in folklore, awarding the first one to Warren Roberts in 1953.
Browse IUCAT for all the IU folklore dissertations and theses completed to date.
Indiana University Folklore Archives
Archives of Traditional Music