Italian Studies

Reference Sources for Italian Studies

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Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations

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

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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

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Biographical Sources


*Dizionario biografico degli Italiani (


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

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  • Benezit Dictionary of Artists
    Over 190,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present. Searchable via Oxford Art Online along with Grove Art Online, The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, etc.
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    Encyclopedia on the rulers of the Roman empire from Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) to Constantine XI Palaeologus (1449-1453).
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    Online version of The Grove Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 volumes).
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Encyclopedias and Almanacs

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



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

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    Over 27,000 articles which provide comprehensive coverage of the ancient world from the prehistory of the Aegean (2nd millennium BCE) to late antiquity (600-800 CE).
  • Oxford Reference Online - Encyclopedias
    Online edition of The World Encyclopedia from Oxford University Press.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Includes the entire content of the 10-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Includes links to web resources

Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers



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

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  • CIA World Factbook
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    Geographical encyclopedia of names, descriptions, and characteristics of more than 165,000 places in the world.
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    A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. This series presently contains studies of 100 countries
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  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
    Provides electronic access to approximately 4,000 maps for all regions of the world. Maps cover mostly the 19th and 20th centuries though some represent time periods as far back as 980 C.E.

Web Portals

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  • Europeana
    Europeana the European digital library provides direct access to more than 15 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.
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