To describe a ballad as a "Child ballad" is to immediately authenticate its bona fides. Both the original five-volume set, published in ten-parts, and later reprints from the mid-twentieth century, are long out of print, and are occasionally available from booksellers at high cost.
This seminal work is now available on CD-ROM (single user or network license). For the first time ever it is widely available to scholars, educators, singers, and enthusiasts in a comprehensive, digitally searchable and printable version. Individual ballads - or indeed the entire 2,800+ plus-page collection - can be printed out. Looking up unfamiliar words is easy using built-in hyperlinks between lyrics and glossary. The Gazetteer supplies the geographic location of places mentioned in the ballads with brief historic notes, and is cross-referenced to both the ballad texts and newly developed maps. Additional images, commentary, music tracks, and other enhanced content are being made available on this Heritage Muse web-site.
  Each digitized text CD-ROM is accompanied by an audio CD (playable in a standard stereo CD player) containing music tracks of outstanding, contemporary interpreters, preservers, and collectors of the living song tradition from around the world.