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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 available electronically.

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.)