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HSS 544 - Vikings: Databases & Journals

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Databases vs. Websites


  • Paid for by the library.  Often very expensive!
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, "smart people", etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.


  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!

Viking Ship

Oseberg Ship found in mound near Oseberg, Norway: Oslo, Viking Ship Museum oak & beechwood, l. 65', c. 825

Recommended Databases

Below is a list of recommended databases that contain both articles from scholarly journals and popular press magazines.