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Italian Language and Literature

A guide to the study of Italian language and literatures from the Middle Ages to the present.

Selected Electronic Reference Works

Bloomsbury Cultural History
Surveys common subjects throughout human history. Each Cultural History is divided into volumes by time period: Antiquity, The Middle Ages, Early Modern Age, The Age of Enlightenment, The Age of Empire, and The Modern Age.

Dizionario biografico degli Italiani
From Treccani, a good source of national biographical information. (Open Access)

Encyclopedia of Literature
Part of Gale's Literature Resource Center, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of authors; works; literary landmarks; literary and critical terms; mythological and folkloric figures; fictional characters; literary movements; prizes; etc. Click on the "Dictionaries" link to limit your search to the encyclopedia. (NetID Restricted)

Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion
"This six-volume set explores the history of women and feminism throughout literature, from classical antiquity to modern times. Topics covered include misogyny and women's social roles in ancient civilizations, 16th-century women's devotional literature, 17th- and 18th-century women's captivity narratives, the women's suffrage movement in 19th-century America, women writers of the Lost Generation," lesbian literature, and much more." (NetID Restricted)

History of Italy: Primary Documents
An information resource from Brigham Young University organized by historical period. (Open Access)

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies
Annotated bibliographies by scholars in medieval studies. (NetID Restricted)

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance & Reformation
Annotated bibliographies by scholars in Renaissance and Reformation Studies. (NetID Restricted)

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
Part of the Literature Online database, the Encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work dealing with all aspects of its subject: history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology. (NetID Restricted)

Reference Guide to World Literature
"Contains biographical and critical essays on authors from throughout the world, as well as essays covering specific work or works of an author, with criticism and analysis of those works." Electronic version of the 2 volume 3rd edition of the print resource. (NetID Restricted)



Dizionario italiano multimediale e multilingue d'ortografia e di pronunzia 

Garzanti Linguistica

Tesoro della lingua Italiana delle Origini

Vocabolario degli accademici della Crusca


Collins Italian dictionary. PC1640.C38 2005

I dialetti italiani : dizionario etimologico. PC1761.C66 1998

Dizionario combinatorio compatto Italiano. PC1625.L6 2012

Garzanti : i grandi dizionari : Italiano. PC1625.G77 2002

Il vocabolario Treccani. Sinonimi e contrari. PC1591.V63 2003

Il vocabolario Treccani. Il visuale, italiano-inglese. PC1629.V63 2003

General Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library (NetID Restricted)

Literature Resource Center (NetID Restricted)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (NetID Restricted)

Sage eReference Encyclopedias (NetID Restricted)

World Biographical Index (NetID Restricted)

Selected Print Reference for Italian Studies

Dictionary of Italian literature. PQ4006.D45 1996

Dizionario biografico degli Italiani. 100 vols. DG463.D58

Enciclopedia degli autori italiani. PQ4006.E53 2004

Enciclopedia Zanichelli : dizionario enciclopedico di arti, scienze, tecniche, lettere, filosofia, storia, geografia, diritto, economia. AE35.E54 2000

Manuale critico-bibliografico per lo studio della letteratura italiana. PQ4037.B2 2002

The Oxford companion to Italian literature. PQ4006.O84 2002

Scritti storici di donne italiane : bibliografia 1800-1945. Z2354.W65C37 2003

Subject Headings

Only selected dictionaries, encyclopedias and bibliographies are presented here. To find other reference works in the Libraries' collections, try a subject search using one of the following headings. Use QuickSearch--Advanced to search by subject. Click on the dropdown menu to change your search parameter to Subject.

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