You can use this page to search the ballads database, the essays and the contextual material on this website. Use the boxes above to search by keyword. If you wish, you can use the drop-down menu in the lower box to restrict your search to a certain part of the database or the website.

The boxes on the right allow you to search the ballads database for various types of codified information which we have recorded. For example, to find all the ballads which we judge to reference the topic 'love', select 'Emotions - love' from the 'topics' box at the top and click search. You can also use more than one box at a time, and add multiple options to a single box.

You can also conduct searches that combine the two sets of boxes. Simply type a keyword into the box above, and then select one or more terms in the boxes on the right. Hit search and see what comes up!