click on the links below
to visit other resources
Folklore Hotlinks: the
following links are some of the best general folklore sites on the
Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: this site, though
perhaps a bit difficult to navigate, includes a worthy archive of folk
culture. There are countless RealAudio recordings of historical value
at the Archive of
Folk Culture page.
AmericanFolk.com is a fun
site to visit. There are some very interesting articles, quite a bit on
folk art, and some tasty folk recipes.
Folklore and Mythology Online Resources: contains a list of other
worthy resources, great folk medicine database, and an online folk art
exhibit (could be down for work)
Berkeley Folklore-Related Links: contains resources for
folklorists, links to journals, and other relevant sites. You can even
find information about majoring in folklore--a very worthy option!
list of WWW sites collected the Folklore Society in the UK. There
folklife centers, folklore societies, online journals, and general
A list of relevant
folklore and folklife sites compiled by the University of Pennsylvania.
Although a fairly short list, there are a few very interesting sites
A fairly comprehensive source that offers links to Folklore
and Mythology Electronic Texts Online. Brought to you by the
of Pittsburgh, it offers electronic text versions of fables, legends,
course paper requires that you cite your sources use according to MLA
The following sites should provide you with information on MLA and
writing topics as well.
The COS Writing Lab "Research Links"
page offers MLA guides and general information needed to do research.
Knowing when to give credit for information used is also important. Avoiding
Plagiarism will explain what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
If you would like to have help in selecting the course
suited for you, or if you would like to have help in formulating an
plan anytime during the semester, you can receive online counseling by
. If you want general information on advising, tranferring or careers,
Doing Research: Although you might think the weekly links and folklore
hotlinks are more than enough, you should immediately obtain a COS
Library card. The card will allow you to have access to about 3,000
full-text periodicals from your home. To obtain a Library card, go to: http://www.siskiyous.edu/library/distanceed.htm
Then follow the directions to request a library card so that you can
access the library's online databases, which includes periodicals,
newspapers, electronic books and reference sources. Remember, you can
always contact a reference librarian by e-mail or phone for assistance
in using the databases or help with research assignments.
Library Catalog is also available on-line. You can do a search of
the catalog by author, title, subject or keyword. Find out if the COS
Library has the book before you drive to campus.
COS Services: COS
provides many useful services to students, and I have linked to a few
Disabled Student Programs
Taking an online course is certainly not for everyone. Some students
truly need the face-to-face interaction with instructor and peers.
Other students find that they lack the high level of responsibility it
takes to tackle an online class. At a minimum, an on-line course
requires the student to use their time wisely, be organized, be
self-directed, and be willing to try new modes of communication and
learning. Successful students often use the weekly assignment sheets to
create a course calendar so that they have an overview of all
assignments. I have also noted that students doing well in folklore
online are willing to take the time to visit the links each week, read
the text carefully (even the dry sections), and participate in the
discussion board more than they are even required to. As you will not
be in the classroom, you will need to be much more self-directed than
it might seem. In other words, you have to take responsibility for your
own learning. You will be expected to check your e-mail
frequently, get all assignments in on-time, do not allow yourself to
fall behind at all, discuss your concerns and questions with instructor
and classmates, perhaps arrange to swap email addresses with other
students in the class, and participate fully each week. Still, there
are some benefits to taking such a course online. For those of you
unable to attend a regularly scheduled course, you will not be
restricted by time and place--you get to do the weekly coursework when
and where you want to do it. Also, the discussion board allows everyone
to have his/her say on the issues, and students can take the time to
form thoughtful and clear opinions before sharing them with the rest of
the class. Lastly, if you are really motivated by a specific weekly
topic or link, you are free to explore the topic or link at your pace
and at whatever depth you wish to. Still, surviving online does take a
bit of effort, and you would do well to read over our
guidelines for students taking an online classs. You might even
enjoy reading a short article
from the Chronicle of Higher Education about seven students and
their reaction/experiences in taking on-line courses.