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Italian Language and Literature: Reference Works

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

Using Reference Works

Reference works are authoritative works that you can consult for specialized information to help get you started on a research topic.  There are many types of reference work, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, atlases, thesauri, directories, almanacs, style manuals and handbooks. 

Subject Headings

Only selected dictionaries, encyclopedias and bibliographies are presented here. To find other reference works in the Library Catalog, try a subject search using one of the following headings:

  • Italian language--Dialects--Dictionaries
  • Italian language--Dictionaries--English
  • Italian language--Etymology--Dictionaries
  • Italian literature--Dictionaries

Subject search, Italian dictionaries

Reference Works for Italian Studies


Dictionary of Italian literature. Alexander REF PQ4006.D45 1996

Dizionario biografico degli Italiani. Alexander REF DG463.D58

Enciclopedia degli autori italiani. Alexander REF PQ4006.E53 2004

Enciclopedia italiana di scienze, lettere ed arti. Also known as Enciclopedia Treccani. Multiple vols. Alexander REF AE35.E5

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

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

The Oxford companion to Italian literature. Alexander REF PQ4006.O84 2002

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


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

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

International Medieval Bibliography - The most comprehensive index for Medieval Studies. All subjects relating to the Middle Ages are included, within the date range 400-1500 AD. (NetID Required)

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

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



Collins Italian dictionary. Alexander REF PC1640.C38 2005

I dialetti italiani : dizionario etimologico. Alexander REF PC1761.C66 1998

Dizionario combinatorio compatto Italiano. Alexander Stacks PC1625.L6 2012

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

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

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


Garzanti Linguistica

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)

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