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Mythology Research Guide

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Some Things to Keep in Mind...

This guide is designed to provide a starting point for researching topics dealing with mythology from all times and places.  The resources listed are both in print and online formats.

  • There could be multiple names for a single myth. Many cultures have a creation myth, for example.
  • Some characters in myths are depicted in multiple cultures.  Make sure the reference you are looking at refers to the culture you are researching.

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Use the CRAAP Test method to determine if a web resource is right for you. Evaluate sources based on the following points:

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Currency: When was the information published? Is it up to date?

Relevance: Is the information what you're really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?

Authority: Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?

Accuracy: Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?

Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?

Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test 


The CRAAP Test developed by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.





Definition: In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source.

While some types of writing aren't as concerned with documenting sources, ideas, images, sounds, etc. traditional academic writing requires these best practices.

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Try these to get more specific or broader results

Wild Card

  • Use a * to include forms or variants of words in your search
  • Example: type test* to search for test, testing, tests

Adding a ~

  • Adding a tilde (~) to your search term will return related terms.
  • Example: ~nutrition will search also nutrition, food and health

Adding a -

  • Adding a negative (-) to your search term will take away that term in your search.
  • Example: Pets -cats will not find web sites that focus upon cats as pets.

Phrase Search

  • By inserting quotes around an exact phase, you will search only the words you type in, in that exact order with no words in between term.
  • Example: "consumer product chemistry"

Boolean Operators

  • Using AND, OR, NOT can broaden or narrow a search depending on your inquiry. "AND" will give you results that contain both words. "OR" will give results about either word and "NOT" will not search the term preceding.
  • Example: Summer AND Flower, Summer OR Flower, Summer NOT flower