University of Arkansas Libraries
How to Start a Search
on the Vikings?
a subject search in the library catalog
to get a list of subtopics for “Vikings”
You may discover you’d
like to research Viking
folklore, or the Viking
period in Ireland.
If you like, you can click
on the topic to see the
books we have.
Here’s the catalog
record for the book.
It’s a good idea to start
with a book, especially a
reference book, to get
some background info
and terms for your topic.
Choosing Search Terms
Topic: collapse of Viking settlements in
Pick out most important words
Viking and Greenland
Find synonyms for these words
Narrows your search results by adding more
Collapse or abandonment or failure
Vikings not Dublin
Use for phrases
Brings back only occurences of the exact
Use * to find variants of a word root
Ecolog* brings back ecological, ecology,
Combine Search Operators
parentheses () to organize similar
Viking* and Greenland and (collapse or
failure or abandon*) not Iceland