Subject Specialist
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Cary Gouldin
Humanities Liaison
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Collins Italian Dictionary Restricted Resource Some full text available
English-Italian dictionary with 70,000+ entries. 

Dizionario delle lingue italiana e inglese Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive, multi-volume English-Italian dictionary. 1970-. Call Number: ​Ref. PC1640 .D5.

Documenting Your Research
Properly documenting your research is a crucial part of the research process. Check out the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University as well as our own Guide to Documenting Your Research for detailed information about different citation styles and formats. 

To manage your sources and references, try Zotero or . 
About This Guide

Welcome to the Subject Guide for Italian Studies!

Outline of Italy, overlayed with the Italian flag

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Compiled by your friendly librarians at the Wallace Library in collaboration with the Italian Studies program, this guide provides an overview of the core resources available to you at Wheaton. It is a good place to start your research. However, be sure to get in touch with your librarian(s) for help finding useful and interesting additional materials.

Getting Started with Your Research
Oxford Companion to Italian Literature
Extensive encyclopedia on Italian literature from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Call Number: ​Ref. PQ4006 .O84 2002

Cambridge History of Italian Literature
Comprehensive overview of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century. Rev. ed. 1999. Call Number: PQ4038 .C35 1999. 

Dictionary of Italian Literature Restricted Resource
Provides 400+ brief entries on authors, styles, and literary movements from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries. Rev. ed. 1996. 

Feminist Encyclopedia of Italian Literature Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides brief but well-sourced entries on Italian literature and culture, with a focus on the representation and role of women. 1997.

You should also take a look at Wheaton's print collection of and about Italian literature, which you can find in the call number range PQ4001-PQ5999. 

Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present Restricted Resource Some full text available
Survey of post-1945 Italian film, widely regarded as the most authoritative English-language work on the subject. 2001.  Call Number: ​PN1993.5.I88 B58 2001.

Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides entries on actors, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology. 2008. Call Number: Ref. PN1993.5.I88 M56 2008

Thames & Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive reference work on the history and culture of Renaissance Italy. 

You should also take a look at Wheaton's print collection on Italian history. 
Finding Articles


Humanities Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes journals in the disciplines of archaeology and classical studies, art, folklore, history, language and literature, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.
MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) Restricted Resource
Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the MLA International Bibliography is the definitive index for the study of language, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and film, covering scholarly publications from the early 20th century to the present. 

Historical Abstracts [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (for U.S. and Canada historian, use America: History and Life); 1955 - present. 

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Full text backfiles of over 2,500 core scholarly journals in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To help you navigate and search JSTOR, check their helpful how-to guide (PDF). 

Note: JSTOR includes 16 current titles, but for all others, JSTOR does not contain the most recent 1-7 years of content. Many of these titles are continued in the Library's print and/or electronic subscriptions, however. Check the Journal Finder for complete holdings information.

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text current and archival articles from 670+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. The Library's subscription also includes over 7,000 e-books. Updated continually.

Social Sciences Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes articles and book reviews in some of the key international English language journals in the social sciences, for example: anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.

Special Topics

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes scholarly journal articles on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 - 1700 A.D.).

Italian Women Writers Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Database that provides biographical and bibliographical information about as well as some full text by Italian women authors born before 1945, starting in the thirteenth century.
Finding Books, Videos, Music etc.
HELIN Catalog
​To find books and e-books, audiovisual materials, board games, and other items held by the Wallace Library or our partners in the HELIN consortium, search the catalog: 

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Finding News
News Databases

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes and abstracts U.S. and foreign newspapers, journals, transcripts, federal and state case law, law reviews, state and country profiles, company information and more. Many documents are in full text; dates of coverage vary.

News Websites
Finding Primary Sources
Biblioteca Italiana Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Digital library of "texts representative of the Italian cultural and literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century." Some texts have been TEI-encoded. In Italian.

Periodici Italiani Digitalizzati Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
From the Library of Archeology and Art History in Rome, an extensive database (with full text) of Italian periodicals from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. 

Europeana Unrestricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
 "Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, tv and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they're all here."

HathiTrust Digital Library Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Digital library created from the collections of major research libraries in the United States and around the world. Items range from medieval Arabic manuscripts to early modern European incunabula, from colonial American pamphlets to 19th-century treatises on natural history. Although a part of the collection is only accessible to members of participating/contributing institutions, many materials (particularly those no longer in copyright) are freely accessible.