Folklore (Books & Media)

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Folklore Books & Media

How to Find books, videos, and other materials in Steely Library.

Quick Folklore Book Search:

  • These are suggestions only and do not reflect the full range of materials that may be useful to you.
  • If you need additional assistance, Ask Steely Library!

For locating specific items, including videos in the Media Collection, using the library's catalog, NKUIRE, is recommended. Keyword, Author, Title, and Subject are among the ways you can search.

For Non-Print Media (videos, DVDs, CDs, slides, etc.), Consider the "Media Searches" tab atop the NKUIRE search page.

WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 49 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information from 2100 B.C.E. to the present. Includes holdings information from libraries across the world. Now includes the Library of Congress Subject Headings as its thesaurus. If Steely Library does not own a title, it may be requested through SourceFinder.

Browsing for books in Steely's Reference and Circulating collections can be very useful


For Folklore, the following call number areas are suggested:

  • GR72-79 - Folk literature (General); including folktales, legends
  • GR81 - Folk beliefs, superstitions, etc. (General)
  • GR99.6-390 - By region or country
  • GR420-426 - Costume, jewelry
  • GR430-488 - Folklore relating to private life Including dreams, love, children, nursery rhymes, etc.
  • GR500-615 - Supernatural beings, demonology, fairies, ghosts, charms, etc.
  • GR620-640 - Cosmic phenomena, weather lore
  • GR650-690 - Geographical topics
  • GR700-860 - Animals, plants, and minerals
  • GR865-874 - Transportation, travel, commerce, etc.
  • GR880 - Medicine. Folk medicine
  • GR890-915 - Occupations
  • GR931-935 - Signs and symbols
  • GR940-941 - Mythical places


The Folklore Research Guide is maintained by Robert Zai III. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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