Since 1982 Laurel has shared her research findings through a wide range of both scholarly and popular publications. Her work is frequently cited by others, and she has extended the influence of her knowledge and experience by serving as editor and mentor for the work of other researchers. The following are entries she contributed to encyclopedias.
- New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, vol. 14, Folklife, forthcoming 2010.
- Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife, 2009.
- New Georgia Encyclopedia.
- Encyclopedia of Appalachia, 2006.
- South Carolina Encyclopedia, 2006.
- American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, 1996.
“Dilsey Snoddy,” African American National Biography, 2008.