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ENG 257: Mythological Literature (Nayak-Loudoun)

This guide has been created to help you find books, articles, videos, and other types of resources related to this program of study. Direct comments to Julie Combs,

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Independent Study of a Mythology of Your Choice

For this project, you will work either independently or in pairs and choose one culture (Greek, Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Japanese/Chinese, Native American, African, Buddhist, Islamic, Popular, etc.).  Then, using the model of Unit 2, Hindu Mythology, you will explore, research, critically analyze, and present the mythology of that culture, using specific themes and foci.

For more information, please review the Independent Study document.

Library Resources

Search for books on your topic in the library catalog.  In addition, be sure to search for synonyms and related terms.

  • Click the 'Details' tab for more information about the book, including the 'Tools' menu that provides print, email, and citation options.
  • Select 'Request Item' to have books from other NOVA libraries sent to Loudoun for pick up. 
  • E-books are accessible through the catalog. Within the eBook record, click 'Online access' to open and log-in with your MyNOVA username and password when prompted.
  • To limit your results to E-books, look for the "Availability" filter and select "Full Text Online".

Mythology OR Folklore AND Culture

Greek Mythology

  • Greece - religion
  • Greek gods or goddesses
  • Heroes - mythology

Celtic Mythology

  • Celts - folklore
  • Celts - religion
  • Celtic gods and goddesses
  • Irish mythology

Egyptian Mythology

  • Egypt - religion
  • Egyptian gods and goddesses

Native American Mythology

  • Indian mythology - North America
  • Indians of North America - Folklore
  • Creation - mythology
  • Storytelling

Films on Demand provides access to educational videos on a variety of topics including humanities, social sciences, business, economics, science, mathematics, health, medicine, technical education, family and consumer sciences, careers and job search, guidance and counseling and archival films and newsreels. (VCCS)

Search by topic or keyword.

Click on the title to view the video segment.

Use the toolbar below the video for email, embedding, and citation.

“Myths and Legends of Lost Civilizations.” Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 2011, Accessed 16 Oct. 2020.

The best way to locate articles is through the library databases.  Go to Databases by Subject and look under the category Philosophy (PHI) and/or Religion (REL) to find a list of relevant databases. You can also perform a search in the databases below.

Remember not to write sentences in the search box.  Search by keyword, name, or theme. 

Look for additional keywords or subjects offered. Also make sure you look for toolbars that provide print, email, and citation options.

Search Google for your topic keywords.

Google Web Search

Look for government, education, and/or organization webpages as well as news/magazine publications. Be cautious if using Wikipedia as the content cannot be verified.

Before using information found on a webpage, consider the following criteria to evaluate its credibility.

  • Who is the author?
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

Search the Library Catalog