What is an encyclopedia?

An encyclopedia is a resource which provides concise information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject. It is composed of entries or articles, arranged alphabetically or thematically. Encyclopedias are concerned with factual information. The summaries in an encyclopedia are drawn from research and each entry is usually accompanied by a list of citation references to relevant research. 

Encyclopedias for Folklore Studies

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Enzyklopädie des Märchens

R. W. Brednich, editor
2015, fifteen volumes

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife

William M. Clements, editor
2006, four volumes

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Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature

Mary Ellen Brown & Bruce A. Rosenberg, editors

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New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology

Felix Guirand, editor

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An Encyclopedia of Fairies

Katherine Mary Briggs