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Mythology, Folklore, and Legend

Research guide for the study of mythology, folklore, and legend.

Assessing Sources


Is there an author or multiple authors? 

What else have they written? 

What are the author’s affiliations?


Is a source for any facts or claims indicated? 

What evidence is presented to support assumptions or conclusions? 

Do other sources agree with the information presented?


How current is the information? 

Has significant research been done since the item was published? 

Has it been updated?


How is this article supposed to affect the reader? 

Does the author have a hidden agenda?

Does the author have a stated agenda?


What is the review process?

What types of sources does the publisher typically publish?

Does the publisher have a reputation?

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