E-kataloog ESTER

Artiklite andmebaas ISE

Digitaalarhiiv DIGAR

Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat 12-19.
The book return box is in Endla 3, Mo-Su 7-22


Information on ethnology and folkloristics


The open access collection of literature on ethnology and folkloristics is located in the Humanities Reading Room on the 7th floor.

How to find literature

Online catalogue ESTER - a joint catalogue of the ELNET Consortium member libraries that contains information on Estonian and foreign language books and periodical publications.

List of new books in the humanities – a list on the homepage of the National Library provides information on recent additions in the fields of the humanities, including ethnology and folkloristics, acquired by the Library during the last month. Published ten times a year.

How to find articled published in the Estonian press

Database of Estonian articles ISE – a bibliographic database of the newspapers, journals, collections of articles, and serials published in Estonia. Of foreign publications, articles about Estonia and by Estonian authors are available. Articles on ethnology and folkloristics can be searched across the entire database or in the subject database ISE humanitaaria. The database contains also links to full texts.

Information on articles issued during previous years can be found in the card catalogues and the following bibliographic publications:

Where else to find information on ethnology and folkloristics

Search portal of the National Library enables you to search in one or simultaneously several databases in a uniform environment. Contains library catalogues, databases of articles, and other selected websites. The databases containing information on ethnology and folkloristics are indicated separately. It is possible to find and use all electronic journals accessible via the licensed databases of the National Library and other free-access e-journals. Users may create on the portal their own information or research environments.

  • E-journals – a foreign-language e-journals alphabetical and subject catalogue which can be browsed also outside the National Library web; however, the journals are available only from the Library computers, unless free access is provided on the Internet.
  • Subject Gateway – a systematised and indexed search system compiled in the National Library that enables users to find Estonian and foreign databases, texts and free-access journals, a selection of library catalogues and portals created elsewhere. Information on ethnology and folkloristics is available under the link Folkloristics. Information on mythology and ethnic beliefs can be found under the link Religion.
  • Finno-Ugric database of the Academic Library of Tallinn University contains information on Finno-Ugric ethnology and folklore publications acquired by the Library – monographs, articles from journals and collections.
  • Estonian Folklore – assembles institutions and centres that are engaged in folkloristic research in Estonia. Contains information on different print and digital publications, the homepage of the journals Mäetagused and Folklore: An electronic Journal of Folklore, and Estonian and foreign-language databases. Includes also information on the heritage of other Finno-Ugric peoples.


In addition, information on ethnology and folkloristics is provided by Estonian History Museum, Baltic Institute of Folklore, Estonian Literary Museum, Estonian Society  of Ancient Studies, Estonian National Museum, Estonian Folklore Archives, Estonian National Folklore Council, Fenno-Ugria Asutus, Tartu Nefa Rühm (network for ethnology and folklore students), University of Tartu Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore.