Dictionaries provide quick definitions or explanations to help you understand terms you may not be familiar with.
Encyclopedias and handbooks provide longer articles or chapters giving detailed information on subjects, usually written by experts in the field, often with suggested further reading or bibliographies.
Pickering, David. A dictionary of folklore
Jobes, Gertrude. Dictionary of mythology, folklore and symbols
Catro, Rafaela. Dictionary of Chicano folklore
Tallman, Marjorie. Dictionary of American Folklore
Some encyclopedias cover general information:
Brown, Mary Ellen. Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature
Clements, William M. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife
Green, Thomas A. Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music and Art
Others are specialized:
Bronner, Simon J. Encyclopedia of American Folklife
Brunvand, Jan Harold. American folklore : an encyclopedia
Claus, Peter J.; Diamond, Sarah; Mills, Margaret Ann. South Asian folklore : an encyclopedia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Haase, Donald. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales
Herrera-Sobek, María. Celebrating Latino folklore : an encyclopedia of cultural traditions
Locke, Liz.; Vaughan, Theresa A.; Greenhill, Pauline. Encyclopedia of women's folklore and folklife
Monaghan, Patricia. The encyclopedia of Celtic mythology and folklore
Patai, Raphael. Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions
Peek, Philip M.; Yankah, Kwesi. African folklore an encyclopedia
Prahlad, Anand. The Greenwood encyclopedia of African American folklore
Greenwood Folklore Handbooks is a series from the Greenwood Press on folklore in various countries. Search by the name of the series or by the name of the country and folklore handbook
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