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Folklore Hotlinks: the following links are some of the best general folklore sites on the Internet.

The American 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. is a fun site to visit. There are some very interesting articles, quite a bit on folk art, and some tasty folk recipes.

UCLA 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)

UC 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!

A list of WWW sites collected the Folklore Society in the UK. There are folklore archives, folklife centers, folklore societies, online journals, and general sites of interest.

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 that are linked.

A fairly comprehensive source that offers links to Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts Online. Brought to you by the University of Pittsburgh, it offers electronic text versions of fables, legends, fairy tales...


Writing Help:the folklore course paper requires that you cite your sources use according to MLA guidelines. The following sites should provide you with information on MLA and general 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.


Counseling Help:

If you would like to have help in selecting the course best suited for you, or if you would like to have help in formulating an educational plan anytime during the semester, you can receive online counseling by e-mailing . If you want general information on advising, tranferring or careers, visit the COS Counseling Office site.


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: 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.

COS 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 important services below.

Financial Aid

COS Bookstore

Disabled Student Programs and Services

Critical Skills Labs

Distance Learning



Surviving On-line Education:

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.


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