Search by Classification
The classification field in the drop-down menu in Advanced Search contains references to several standard classifications of songs and tales. Each reference consists of a letter (or letters), which identifies a certain classification system, followed by a number in that classification system, which identifies a specific song or tale. To search the classification field it is necessary to use this exact format. Please ensure that all letters are entered as capital letters (NB: the * wildcard may also be used).
The following table shows examples for each standard classification system:
|Classification:||Example search query:|
|Roud Folk Song Index||R180|
|Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection||GD1219|
|The Child Ballads||C295|
|Laws Numbers (songs)||LP9|
|Aarne-Thompson Tale Type||AT1833A|
N.B. Song or tale numbers can also include letters of the alphabet, e.g. Laws P9 is LP9
Any given track available on the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches website may contain several such references, though only one is required when searching. For example, the ballad named 'Andrew Lammie' is both Roud Folk Song Index no. 98 and Child Ballad no. 233 - searching for either of these references will return the same track(s).
More information on the classification systems is included here: