Website Features

Complete List of Tales in Database:

A complete list of tales (without short summaries) linked to the full text is available from the search page. Titles will be added as tales are added to the database.


In addition to being able to search by keyword for terms that describe emotion, relationships (such as sibling rivalry, loyalty), behavior, and other terms reflected by the tales, one can search by character role, country, ethnic group or tribe, illustrator, along with author, tale title and genre. (See glossary for all the terms one can search and their meaning.)pleasure?

The ability to search for a specific category

The search screen contains a number of boxes which can be checked and only that selected category will be searched.


Each tale has been assigned an age appropriate level depending on its contents and language. When the database is ready, administrators will be able to block specific tales if they deemed inappropriate for a specific range of ages of users. The criteria for assigning "age appropriateness" was based on a judgment made about the appropriateness of each tale for various age groups as influenced by the content and its relationship to violence, explicit sexual references, and language

Short summaries:

On the results screen, (once a search has been entered and the results appear) along with the bibliographic information for a tale, each tale is accompanied by a short summary of the important elements of the tale so that the user can determine which tale(s) he/she is seeking.


Each tale is analyzed and assigned an appropriate tale type number (general theme), a series of motif numbers and descriptors for specific events within a tale, character roles, descriptions of settings within the tale, and keywords.

Other information related to a tale:

The ethnic group or tribe is identified along with the country or region, language group, narrator of the tale, any available information about the narrator, the collector, and any additional performance information.

Variant titles:

For each tale, variant titles with all of their bibliographic information will be available.


For each tale, variant titles with all of their bibliographic information will be available.

Tales contained in journal articles

Many journal articles published by the American Folklore Society and the English Folklore Journal contain numerous tales. We intend to include as many of these tales as are available along with the tales contained in the Gypsy Lore Society Journal.

Tales from archives:

Tales from Appalachia made available to us from the Leonard Roberts Collections at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky will be included in the first round.

Unpublished field collected tales:

Includes tales collected in the field by Professor John McDowell of Indiana University Folklore Department.

Thompson Motif Index linked to tales:

The entire contents of the six volumes of Stith Thompson's Motif Index is included. These motifs are linked to the tales in the database since all tale analysis includes the assignment of appropriate motifs. There is a descriptor for each motif so that terms entered can be searched even if the motif number is unknown to the user.

Full bibliographic information:

Full bibliographic information for each of the collections and for each journal article is available.


The country where the tale was told and collected. For example, the tales in the Grimm’s collection were collected in Germany.


Original language: The language the tale/or collection was first published in. Published language: The language the tale analyzed in our database was published in.


The printed source the tale is taken from.

Ethnic Groups:

His or her ethnic background.