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ENG480: Studies in Literature and Folklore: Children’s Literature in Oceania: Introduction

This guide was created for English 480, Spring 2021. Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the library is largely closed to the public, and so this guide emphasizes materials that are either available electronically, or can be checked out via the librar

Accessing Library Materials

To borrow a book, it must not be available in HathiTrust. If it is not available in HathiTrust, click the title, which will open up the OneSearch record. Click the "Sign In" link and log in with your UH username and password. Click the "Request Specific Copy" and select the copy in Hamilton or Hawaiian Collection that can be borrowed (avoid copy that says Reference or Library Use Only). Wait for an email message that the book is available to be picked up on the first floor. It will be placed on tables across from the circulation desk, organized by your name. The book will already be checked out to you.

If a book is listed as "access through HathiTrust", it cannot be borrowed from any UH library. You'll need to use the digital copy through HathiTrust.

When looking directly at HathiTrust records, "Full text access" means you can see and download the full book. "Temporary access" through HathiTrust means you can read the book online, but cannot download it. When the pandemic ends and we re-open, these are the books that will no longer be available online to us -- they are available now specifically because so many libraries throughout the world are closed.

If you visit Hamilton Library, you must show your UH ID to gain entry to the library. You must also wear a face mask.

If you have any questions, please contact either Jodie Mattos ( or Stu Dawrs ( -- we're happy to help!

Some Basic Definitions

When searching for Oceanic folklore, it is useful to keep the following definitions in mind, many of which come from the academic discipline of folkloric studies. When using the library's OneSearch tool, these terms can help to refine your searches for specific types of stories -- though sometimes the terms end up being used interchangeably, they do each have a more specific meaning. One simple way to search specifically for children's literature is do a keyword search that includes one of the terms below, a geographic place (or a deity's name) and either of the terms "juvenile" or "children." For instance, folklore Palau juvenile or myth Maui juvenile (pro tip: After you've done your search, you can use the "Resource Type" limit on the left of the search results to narrow down to "Books," which will help to locate kids' books in particular.)