Italian Studies

Librarian for Romance Language Collections

  • Claude H. Potts
  • Veduta del Palazzo de' NN: H.H.: Pisani by Giovanni Francesco Costa (1750).

  • Office Hours: by appointment
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
  • Contact Info:

    cpotts [at] library.berkeley.edu
    tel: (510) 643-8966

About this Guide

The study of Italian at Berkeley emphasizes the analysis of Italian literature, history, and culture and its intersections with a variety of other fields, including comparative literature, linguistics, philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, visual arts and film, music, architecture, anthropology, folklore, popular culture, politics, and medieval and renaissance studies.

Collection Description

The Library collects materials in all areas of Italian literature, including literary criticism, philosophy, and theory. The Library maintains a strong collection in all divisions of Italian literature, from the medieval and renaissance period to the present. The Library collects few introductory language textbooks, but does collect Italian language dictionaries and other language reference material. The Italian collection is limited to materials published in Italy. Materials on Italian topics published outside Italy are listed with their respective provenance.

Most Italian Studies reference materials are kept in Doe Library's North Reading Room. The major part of the collection is located in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, with additional materials in Moffitt Library. Some materials, particularly in the area of medieval literature, are housed in the Bancroft Library, as are manuscript and archival collections.

Campus Links

Department of Italian Studies
Italian Studies Program (IES)
Berkeley Language Center

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Reference Sources for Italian Studies

Use the following types of reference sources to look up information related to Italian Studies:

Dictionaries, Thesauri and QuotationsBiographical SourcesEncyclopedias and AlmanacsAtlases, Maps and GazetteersWeb Portals

Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations

General and subject specific dictionaries in any language, dual language dictionaries, thesauri, dictionaries of quotations, and acronym lists.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.

Online

Print

Grande dizionario italiano dell'uso / Tullio De Mauro. Torino: UTET, 1999-2003.
Doe Reference PC1625 .D38 1999 Dictionaries v. 1-7

Grande dizionario della lingua italiana. v.1-21 (A-Z); suppl. 2004; Index Suppl.2 (1961-c2004). Salvatore Battaglia. Torino, Unione tipografico-editrice torinese, 1961.
Doe Reference PC 1625 .B3 Dictionaries v. 1-21

Lessico universale italiano. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1968-81.
Main Stacks AE35 .L431 v. 1-24

*Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary: English-Italian, Italian-English = OxfordParaviaIl Dizionario: Inglese/Italiano, Italiano/Inglese. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Doe Reference PC1640 .O95 2010 Dictionaries 

 Il Ragazzini: dizionario inglese italiano, italiano inglese: 2008 / di Giuseppe Ragazzini. 4. ed. [rev., updated & restyled] Bologna: Zanichelli, 2007.
Main Stacks PC1640.R35 2007

Vocabolario degli accademici della Crusca. Vocabolario degli accademici della Crusca; oltre le giunte fatteci finora, cresciuto d'assai migliaja di voci e modi de' ... Verona, Stamp. di D. Ramanzini, 1804-06.
NRLF/Main Stacks 779b.F63.1804 v.1-7 (1804-1806) & online

Il vocabolario Treccani. 2 ed. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, Fondata da Giovanni Trecanni, 1997.
Doe Reference PC 1625 .V53 1997 Dictionaries v.1-6 & Online

Il vocabolario Treccani: neologismi: parole nuove dai giornali / [direttori scientifici, Giovanni Adamo, Valeria Della Valle]. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 2008.
Doe Reference PC1625 .V536 2008 Dictionaries

Lo Zingarelli: vocabolario della lingua italiana / Nicola Zingarelli. 12. ed. A cura di Miro Dogliotti e Luigi Rosiello. Bologna : Zanichelli, 2006, c.1999.
Doe Reference PC1625.Z25 2006 Dictionaries

Library Databases

A complete list of licensed databases is available through the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

Biographical Sources

Online

*Dizionario biografico degli Italiani (Treccanni.it)

Print

Catalogo dei viventi: 5062 italiani notevoli, 2007 / Giorgio Dell'Arti, Massimo Parrini. Venezia: Marsilio, 2006.
Doe Reference CT1133 .D45 2006

Dizionario autori italiani contemporanei. 4 ed. ampliata e aggiornata. Milano : G. Miano, 2006.
Doe Reference PQ4057.D58 2006

Dizionario biografico degli anarchici italiani. diretto da Maurizio Antonioli ... [et al.].
Pisa : BFS, 2003.
Main Stacks HX902.5.D59 2003 v.1-2

Dizionario biografico degli Italiani. Alberto M. Ghisalberti. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 1960- vols. 1-74 (A-Massimino da Salerno)
Doe Reference DG463.D58 & online

Indice biografico italiano = Italian biographical index = Italienischer biographischer Index / a cura di = compiled by = bearbeitet von Tommaso Nappo. München: K.G. Saur, 2002.
Doe Reference CT1131 .I54 2002 v.1-10 (2002)

The New Century Italian Renaissance Encyclopedia. Edited by Catherine B. Avery. Editorial consultants: Marvin B. Becker [and] Ludovico Borgo.
Doe Reference DG537.8.A1 N48

Who's Who in Italy. Milano: Who's Who in Italy, 1988-
Doe Reference DG 578 .W5
Main Stacks DG578.W5; Latest vol. in Doe Reference

Library Databases

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

General or subject-specific encyclopedias, almanacs, and other collections of factual information. 

Online

Print

Enciclopedia italiana di scienze, lettere ed arti. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 1929-2001. v.1-36 (1929-1939), app. v.1-5 (1938-1991), app. 2000 v.1-4; v.5:1-2; v.6:1-2 (c2000-c2001)
Doe Reference AE35.E6 & online

Lessico universale italiano. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1968-81.
Main Stacks AE35 .L431 v. 1-24

Library Databases

Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers

Online

Print

Atlante della storia d'Italia. Novara: Istituto Geografico De Agostini, c1997.
Earth Science/Map Collection f G1989.2 .I57 1997

Atlante delle province d'Italia. Roma: Visceglia, 1991.
Earth Science/Map Collection f G1989.21.F7 V5 1991

Atlas de la Sardaigne rurale aux 17e et 18e siècles / John Day ... [et al.]. Paris: Editions de l'Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, 1993.
Earth Science/Map Collection G1989.51.G1 A85 1993


Grande atlante d'Italia de Agonisti. Novara: Istituto Geografico De Agostini, c1987.
Earth Science/Map Collection f G1989.2 .I57 1997


Lessico universale italiano: atlante e repertorio geografico. Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1973.
Doe Reference AE35 .L431 Atlases


Library Databases

Web Portals

Web sites and subject-specific search engines available without restriction. See also Italian Libraries and Archives under the Research Tools tab.

Online

Library Databases

Research Tools for Italian Studies

Use bibliographic tools like these to either focus or broaden your research:

Archival Collections and Primary SourcesArticle Databases and IndexesBibliographies and Subject GuidesBook Review SourcesDissertation and ThesesItalian LibrariesNews Databases, Indexes and Web Sites

Search the catalogs

Archival Collections and Primary Sources

Use these web sites, print reference sources, or library databases to find primary sources, such as manuscripts, diaries, letters, firsthand accounts, or historical documents on a subject, person, event or issue. See also the library guide Finding Primary Sources and List of Archival Collections on the Berkeley campus.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.

Online

Library Databases

The complete list of databases is available through the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

Article Indexes and Databases

Listed below is a broad selection of article indexes recommended for research in Italian Studies. For additional resources, please consult the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

Online

Library Databases

Bibliographies and Subject Guides

Selected lists of materials in any format organized around a common theme or topic.

Library Databases

Print


Dictionary of Italian Literature. Peter Bondanella and Julia Conaway Bondanella, editors-in-chief. Rev., expanded ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. Doe Reference PQ4006.D45 1996 Read at Google Read at Google


Dizionario del fascismo / a cura di Victoria De Grazia, Sergio Luzzatto.Torino: G. Einaudi, c2002-c2003. Main Stacks D726.5.D59 2002 v.1-2 Read at Google Read at Google


Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana. Diretto da Vittore Branca, con la collaborazione di Armando Balduino, Manlio Pastore Stocchi, Marco Pecoraro. 2a ed. Torino: Unione tipografico-editrice torinese, c1986. Doe Reference PQ4006 .D45 1986 v.1-4


Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana del Novecento. Enrico Ghidetti, Giorgio Luti. 1. ed. Roma: Editori riuniti, 1997. Main Stacks PQ4057.G48 1997 Read at Google Read at Google


Dizionario delle opere della letteratura italiana. Diretto da Alberto Asor Rosa. Torino: G. Einaudi, 2006. Doe Reference PQ4006.D49 2006 v.1-2 Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies. Marrone, et al, eds. New York: Routledge, 2007. Doe Reference Hall PQ4006.E536 2007 v.1-2 Read at Google Read at Google


The Feminist Encyclopedia of Italian Literature / edited by Rinaldina Russell. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. Doe Reference PQ4063 .F45 1997 & online vie ebrary Read at Google Read at Google


*Futurismo: bibliografia di 500 scrittori italiani / Cammarota, M. D, and Centro internazionale studi futurismo (Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto). Milano: Skira, 2006. Main Stacks PQ4053.F87 C36 2006 Read at Google Read at Google


*Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema / Gino Moliterno. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2008. Doe Reference PN1993.5.I88 M56 2008 Read at Google Read at Google


La Letteratura italiana del Novecento Rizzoli Larousse / Diretta da Nino Borsellino e Walter Pedulla. Milano: Rizzoli, 2000. Doe Reference PQ4087.L433 2000 v.1-2


*Letteratura italiana del XXI secolo: primo dizionario orientativo degli scrittori / a cura di Francesco De Napoli, Rodolfo Tommasi. Arezzo: Helicon, 2010. Doe Reference PQ4057 .L48 2010 Read at Google Read at Google


*Manuale critico-bibliografico per lo studio della letteratura Italiana / Giorgio Baroni and Mario Puppo. 5th ed. Torino: SEI, 2002. Doe Reference PQ4037.B33 2002


Manuale di letteratura italiana : storia per generi e problemi / a cura di Franco Brioschi e Costanzo Di Girolamo. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 1993 Main Stacks PQ4037.M26 1993 v.1-4 (1993-1996) Read at Google Read at Google


*A New Guide to Italian Cinema / Carlo Celli and Marga Cottino-Jones. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Main Stacks PN1993.5.I88 C45 2007 & online via ebrary Read at Google Read at Google


Novecento: i contemporanei: gli scrittori e la cultura letteraria nella societa italiana. Ideazione e direzione di Gianni Grana. Milano: Marzorati, [1979]. Main Stacks PQ4087.N6 v.1-10


The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Peter Hainsworth and David Robey, eds. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Doe Reference Hall PQ4006.O84 2002 Read at Google Read at Google


Storia della letteratura italiana / diretta da Enrico Malato. Roma : Salerno, c1995. Main Stacks PQ4037.S867 1995 v.1-14 (c1995-c2005) Read at Google Read at Google


Storia e testi della letteratura italiana. Giulio Ferroni et al. Torino: Einaudi scuola, 2002 Main Stacks PQ4037.S76 2002 v.1:1-1:4, 5-11


Twentieth-Century Italian Literature in English Translation: An Annotated Bibliography 1929-1997. Robin Healey. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1998. Doe Reference PQ4051.H43 1998 Read at Google Read at Google

Book Reviews

Most library databases for this grouping index primarily US and UK publications. The print and online tools listed below are better for European reviews. MLA, Historical Abstracts, and Periodicals Index Online can be helpful in locating discipline-specific reviews in core Italian Studies journals like Archivio storico italiano, Critica letteraria, Lettere italiane, or Rivista di letteratura italiana.

Online

Print

A couple paper sources to peruse for recent reviews of Italian publications include:

L'indice dei libri del mese. Torino: s.n., 1984-
Main Stacks f Z2354.B6 I54 latest in Current Periodicals, Heyns Reading Room

La rivista dei libri. Milano: Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, c1991-
Main Stacks f AP37 .R58 latest in Current Periodicals, Heyns Reading Room

Library Databases

Dissertations and Theses

Find dissertations by searching Proquest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT), which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

For more extensive indexing of doctoral dissertations and theses from Western Europe, here are a few other resources to consult:

Italian Libraries and Catalogs

Catalogs and guides to books, periodicals, and other materials in not only Italian libraries and archives but also other important collections worldwide.

Online Resources

News Databases, Indexes and Web Sites

Listings (may include abstracts or full text) of articles in newspapers, newsmagazines, broadcast news transcripts or wire services. Also includes web sites of these media, or directories of such sites.

Online

Library Databases

Library and Course Guides for Italian Studies

Dante and Virgil and souls before the gate of Dis. Canto IX, 14th century. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.Use subject guides and topical bibliographies, course guides, tip sheets, and general guides, created by librarians and library staff, to discover approaches to research.

General Guides
Guides to using the library's catalogs, doing research in the library and on the Internet, and citing your sources.

 

Digital Collections in Italian

E-book and e-journal collections, full-text online databases, and other digitized or born digital corpa relevant to Italian Studies are listed below. Consult Article Databases and Indexes under the Research Tools tab to discover articles available in both print and electronic formats.

Finding E-booksItalian Electronic Text Collections

Finding E-books

The Library offers over 130 e-book and text collections in specific subject areas. Many of these e-books also available through OskiCat and Melvyl. You can limit your search in OskiCat to "Available online," and in Melvyl to "Online resources."

University of California E-book Projects

HathiTrust
Pronounced "hah-tee", this cooperative system contains millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive. Search on information about the book (such as author or title), or words in the text. Full text is available for items that are not protected by copyright. Items in the HathiTrust catalog can be grouped into collections and shared online. For details, see the FAQ page.

Google Book Search
Books on many subjects, including titles from the UC libraries, digitized in partnership with Google. Full text can be displayed only if the book is out of copyright (generally, published before 1923) or if the copyright holder has given permission.

Internet Archive: Text Archive
Several hundred thousand books in the public domain, from the Open Content Alliance (OCA). Includes many books from our collections.

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
1,400 titles on a wide range of subjects from the University of California Press. Includes about 30% of UC Press books, both in and out of print. Books can be viewed but not downloaded.

Italian Electronic Text Collections

Online

Library Databases

New Acquisitions in Italian Studies

New Acquisitions

With OskiCat, new acquisitions lists are updated daily. The 15 most recent items in Italian Studies are listed below while the full list of materials cataloged in the past 60 days can be viewed in html or subscribed to as an rss feed.

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Purchase Recommendation

You can suggest items that the Library should consider purchasing. Use the Purchase Recommendation form to submit your suggestion.

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Giving to the Italian Studies Collection

The Campaign for the University Library

Monetary Gifts: Endowments, Major Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Matching Gifts, Planned Gifts, Bequests, Trusts
Book Donations and Library Wish List
Contribute Online or Contribute by Mail

Berkeley’s world-class education and research depend on the ready access offered by the Library to a comprehensive record of human knowledge, together with the latest discoveries in every field of learning.

From rare and precious manuscripts to thousands of titles used in day-to-day research, the University Library’s Italian collection supports students and faculty in Berkeley’s academic departments and programs. The holdings range from core collections housed in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries to specialized research materials in our fourteen subject specialty libraries. Just as Berkeley’s academic programs consistently rank at the top among their peers worldwide, the Library's collections that support those departments are internationally renowned for their depth and breadth.

The University Library is seeking private support to maintain the excellence of its collections. The cost of building these collections has increased dramatically, due to spiraling book and journal costs, as well as to the declining value of the dollar. It is due, as well, to a burgeoning of new information - a dramatic rise in the number and specialization of journals, the availability of full text and searchable electronic versions of items previously held only in print, and the emergence of new genres of digital content.   

Strengthening the Research Collections

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Claude H. Potts
Librarian for Romance Language Collections
218 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

tel: 510.643.8966

fax: 510.643.0315

Monetary Gifts

Financial support is very important to the future development and ongoing curation of the library's collections. Contributions provide funding for expensive resources, specialized equipment, conservation of rare books, and exhibits or special projects. Financial gifts may be unrestricted or support a specific library program, service, or collection. In addition to cash, the Library welcomes securities and other real or tangible property.

Endowments- Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more to support library collections, programs, projects or positions. These endowed funds provide the University Library, in perpetuity, with an annual income that ensures our collections and programs remain strong and vital regardless of the strength of state and campus budgetary support. Donors may choose to support specific programs, projects, or library materials in a discipline or area of the donor's choice. We encourage interested donors to contact us or the Library Development Office to discuss possible endowment opportunities.

Major Gifts - Significant contributions toward Library enhancements are welcomed and could include a recognition plaque or naming opportunities for improved areas, subject to campus approval procedures.

Memorial Gifts - Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person or to mark a special occasion are recognized with a bookplate and family members notified. For a gift of $1,000, a named memorial book fund can be established, and for gifts totaling $50,000 or more, a named memorial library endowment fund with its own special bookplate can be created.

Matching Gifts - Some firms match their employee's gifts to higher education. Ask your company's Matching Gifts Coordinator, or call 510/642-9377, and we will provide you with a list of companies with matching gift programs.

Planned Gifts - You may invest in the Library's future by including it in your estate plans without decreasing assets during your lifetime.

Bequests - The simplest method for a planned gift is to include the Library in your will. Bequests can take the form of cash, securities, or other property, and may be a specific sum or a stated percentage of the estate.

Trusts - A trust can be established to produce income for the donor or others during their lifetimes and ultimately provide future support for the Library. Cal's Gift Planning staff can provide assistance in determining an appropriate arrangement to meet your individual needs.

Book Donations

Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.

Please contact Frank Carothers to discuss your donation of books.

Italian Studies Wish List

Please consider donating or underwriting the following items:

Leo S. Olschki e-book and e-journal archive -
The complete e-book collection, comprising over 1000 titles, represents all monographs and conference proceedings published since 2000 by this important publisher. The e-journal achive includes all back files for journals such as Archivio storico italiano, Belfagor, Lares, Lettere italiane, Inventari dei manoscritti delle biblioteche d’Italia, Il pensiero politico, and more. ~ 10.000,00 EUR

La cultura italiana / diretta da Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza. Torino: UTET, 2009. 12 v. (8000 p.) : col. ill. ; 30 cm. In-depth reference work, produced by UTET, one of Italy’s most prestigious publishers in the field, offers a complete and detailed analysis of all aspects of Italian culture from its ancient origins to the present day. 3.850,00 EUR

Editoria Italiana Online (EIO) - Collection of more than 120,000 articles and parts of scholarly texts in Humanities and Social Sciences. 90 publishers contribute to the collection with more than 7,275 monographs and proceedings and 180 journals. A highly specialized database, entirely searchable and constantly enlarged, at disposal of scholars, researchers and students. $10-15k/year for subscription to EIO complete package but other thematic collection are available on Casalini Libri's Torrossa platform.

Contribute Online

Donations can be made online using the Library Fund Online Gift Form and by designating that your gift is for the Italian Studies Collection at the bottom of the form.

Contribute by Mail

Please make checks payable to UC Regents and specify that it is for the Italian Studies Collection. Send along with any instructions regarding the donation to:

Claude H. Potts
Libriarian for Romance Language Collections
218 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley CA  94720-6000

tel: (510) 643-8966
email: cpotts [at] library.berkeley.edu


For further information about giving to the Library, you may also contact the
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