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The Reference Library

Every investigator should have a library. Never overlook the potential benefits of a good reference book. They help in finding common denominators in mystery animal sightings. After reading through past case studies, you will see patterns develop, behavioral traits emerge, and "hot spots" (areas with extraordinary quantities of sightings) appear.

Reading through the literature will give you a good sense of the history behind your investigations. You can learn new techniques, discover new areas to explore, and ponder the various theories about these creatures. Join at least one organization. It will allow you to keep up with the latest developments in the field.

Most of the references listed here are general (and a bit heavy on bigfoot). There are many others that deal with specific issues. Besides collecting books and articles on cryptozoology, study the "normal" natural world. To study cryptids, you must first know the recognized species and their behavioral traits. You may also find that natural history is as fascinating as the "mysterious." (Two good author/naturalists are Gerald Durrell and the late Ivan T. Sanderson.) My other hobby is herpetoculture, the study and care of reptiles and amphibians, and I'm always thrilled when I can combine the two with accounts of giant snakes and monstrous salamanders, regardless of whether I believe they exist .


Berry, Rick. 1993. Bigfoot on the East Coast. Harrisonburg, VA: Berry.

Bord, Janet and Colin. 1982. Bigfoot Casebook. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole.

Coleman, Loren. 1983. Mysterious America. Boston: Faber & Faber.

Coleman, Loren 1985. Curious Encounters. Boston: Faber & Faber.

Costello, Peter. 1975. In Search of Lake Monsters. London: Panther.

Eberhart, George M. 1983. Monsters: A Guide to Information on Unaccounted for Creatures, Including Bigfoot, Many Water Monsters, and Other Irregular Animals. NY: Garland.

Ellis, Richard. 1994. Monsters of the Sea. NY: Knopf.

Green, John. 1978. Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us. Seattle, WA: Hancock.

Hall, Mark A. 1991. Natural Mysteries: Monster Lizards, English Dragons, and Other Puzzling Animals. 2nd ed. Bloomington, MN: Hall.

Hall, Mark A. 1988. Thunderbirds!: The Living Legend of Giant Birds. Bloomington, MN: Hall.

Heuvelmans, Bernard. 1968. In the Wake of Sea Serpents. London: Hart-Davis.

Heuvelmans, Bernard. 1959. On the Track of Unknown Animals. NY: Hill & Wang.

Keel, John A. 1994. The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings. Revised. NY: Doubleday.

Krantz, Grover S. 1992. Big Foot-Prints. Boulder, CO: Johnson.

Mackal, Roy P. 1980. Searching for Hidden Animals: An Inquiry into Zoological Mysteries. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Mackal, Roy P. 1987. A Living Dinosaur? In Search of Mokele-Mbembe. Leiden: E. J. Brill.

Mann, Thomas. 1986. A Guide to Library Research Methods. NY: Oxford UP.

Meurger, Michel. 1982. Lake Monster Traditions: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. London: Fortean Tomes

Opsasnick, Mark. 1993. The Bigfoot Digest: A Survey of Maryland Sightings. Riverdale, MD: Fortean Institute.

Quast, Mike. 1990. The Sasquatch in Minnesota. Fargo, ND: Quast.

Sanderson, Ivan T. 1961. Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life. Philadelphia: Chilton.

Shuker, Karl P. N. 1993. The Lost Ark: New & Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century. London: HarperCollins.

Shuker, Karl P. N. 1989. Mystery Cats of the World. London: Robert Hale.

Walker, Ernest P., ed. 1964. Mammals of the World Vol. III. "A Classified Bibliography." Third Edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins.


Magazines and Newsletters

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