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Searching in IUScholarWorks Repository for AFS Gray Literature

Open Folklore is an online open-access portal to an abundance of folklore-related resources. However, to make use of this important tool, one needs to understand that as a portal, Open Folklore houses almost no content itself; rather, when used effectively, it points users toward the places where these multitudes of open-access materials live. If you want to learn how to take advantage of this invaluable (and award-winning) resource, please keep reading.

Below, you’ll find instructions for accessing and working with one of the most requested features of Open Folklore—the teaching resources bank.The same instructions apply to all material, including all AFS "Gray Literature," that is housed in the IUScholarworks Repository.

1) Go to

2) Because teaching resources such as syllabi and lesson plans are generally not intended for publication or distribution outside of the classroom, they fall under the category of "gray literature.” So, in the main menu bar, click on "Gray Lit.”

3) The "Gray Literature” page offers a thorough explanation of the kinds of materials that are categorized as gray literature, but to get to the teaching resources, one needs to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. Here, you’ll find a bulleted list of "communities” in the IUScholarWorks Repository. Under the bold heading "American Folklore Society,” click on the link for the IUScholarWorks Repository.




4) You should now be on the AFS "Community” page in the IUScholarWorks Repository, one of the places where a good deal of AFS-related open-access material lives. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see that this "community” is composed of a "sub-community" and several "collections" (disregard the sub-community for the moment). Under "Collections in this community,” you’ll see a list of resource collections: click on "Folklore Teaching Resources Collection.”




5) Once you’ve arrived at the "Folklore Teaching Resources Collection” page, you might notice that the only content that seems to be available is whatever is under the "Recent Submissions” heading at the bottom of the page. Clicking on one of these recent submissions will take you to a page where you can view more information about the item (its title, author, date created, etc.) and download or view it as a PDF.




6) Unfortunately, the IUScholarWorks Repository won’t immediately show you all of the items in a given collection, so if you want to browse more than the five items available under "Recent Submissions,” you need to know how to search the collection. In the "Browse” column on the left side of the screen, you’ll see a subheading to browse "This Collection” (in this case, teaching resources).




Under that subheading, you’ll see options to browse by issue date, author, title, or subject. Clicking on one of these links will lead you to the entire collection, organized according to whichever option you’ve chosen. For example, I’ve clicked on "Titles” here: