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Classical Literature: Finding Books

Keyword vs. Subject

Boolean connectors

Keywords--terms that can appear anywhere in a record--are the quick and easy way to search.
Using keywords, you can combine multiple ideas, or locate specific essays inside collective works. 

Connectors: Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words. Examples:

  • greece and rome
  • greece or rome
  • latin not "latin america"

Wildcards: Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk or question mark:

  • * for any number of characters
  • ? to replace a single character anywhere within a word

    Examples : theat*, wom?n

    Adjacency: "And" is assumed between words. Place phrases in quotes. Example:

    "lyric poetry"

    Subject Headings--terms applied by catalogers or indexers--describe the content of the item.  Often, subject headings are divided by geographic place, by time period, by ethnic group, or other aspects.  Subject headings are searched as phrases.

    Using subject headings will pull together related records with terminology you may have not considered in your keyword search.


    keywords subject headings
    horatian satire horace--criticism and interpretation
    women athens women--greece--history
    achilles as hero achilles (greek mythology) in literature


    Material on this page originally created by

    Beth Juhl
    Web Services
    University of Arkansas Libraries

    Classical Studies LibGuide

    Useful Subject Terms

    Search in the library catalog under subjects and keywords such as:

    broad topicssample subject terms
    art, architecure, archaeology
    • art, greek
    • art, roman
    • architecture, greek
    • architecture, roman
    • greece--antiquities
    • rome--antiquities
    • art and mythology
    history and geography
    • greece--history (time period)
    • rome--history (time period)
    • athens--greece--politics and government
    • emperors--rome
    • greece--social life and customs
    • rome--economic conditions
    • women--rome
    literature and drama
    • greek drama
    • greek literature
    • latin literature
    • latin drama, comedy
    • greek poetry
    • latin poetry

    To search for works by an author, look under author:

    • aeschylus
    • euripides

    To search for works about an author, look under subject:

    • aeschylus
    • euripides

    To search for books about a particular work, try keyword or look under the author as subject:

    • aristophanes frogs
      religion and mythology
      • mythology, greek
      • mythology, roman
      • individual characters, for example:
        • hippolytus (greek mythology)
        • hercules (roman mythology)
      • greece--religion
      • rome--religion
      • cults--greece
      • cults--rome