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Italian Studies Research Guide : Databases at USC

This guide provides an overview of resources in Italian Studies. It can be used in tandem with research guides specifically created in support of courses offered in the Italian curriculum.

About this Page

Italian studies are multidisciplinary and require different research strategies depending on the scope and focus of any specific topic.   The USC Libraries provide access to over 113,800 serials in print and electronic formats.   The databases listed on this page provide only a small, illustrative, sampling of resources and research in Italian studies published in journals, or available in collections, worldwide.

Should you need assistance in locating specific materials relating to your research, or should you need assistance in defining your search strategy for an assignment, you are most welcome to touch base with me:

Databases in the Humanities - A Sampling

Academic OneFile Provides access to some 11,000 journals with full-text articles from more than 4,000 peer-reviewed journals and reference sources worldwide. 1980 - present.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index It enables users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from some of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.

Arts and Humanities Full Text  Features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.

Essay and General Literature Index  Cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. More than 320 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed annually with more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications.  See also:
         Essay and General Literature Index - Retrospective   (1900-1984) Covers 8 Centuries of essays, annuals and serial publications from the 20th Century.

Google Scholar Allows search for scholarly literature across a variety of disciplines and providers including academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Historical Abstracts Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more." This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.

JSTOR A growing full text collection of core social science, humanities, and science journals. Some backfiles date back to the early 1800s. Fields covered include: anthropology, ecology, economics, education, finance, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature, biology.

Literature Resource Center Provides the full text of biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses for authors of every age, nation, and literary discipline. Covers more than 100,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

Periodicals Archive Online Provides archive of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It has been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

Periodicals Index Online An electronic index to millions of articles published in over 5,500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. Combines a broad subject base with deep chronological coverage going back over 300 years. It covers 37 key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences and offers vast variety within these subject areas.The scope is international.

Philosopher's Index   Offers informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. The literature covered goes back to 1940 and includes journal articles, books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology and book reviews.

Proquest Research Library   and Proquest - Multiple Databases   Multi-disciplinary indexes -  Both cover dozens of subject areas and indexes thousands of general and scholarly titles and provides full-text for a significant number of the articles included.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega     Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994. Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film & television, gardening, health & medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news & current events, photography, popular & classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports & fitness, transportation, travel and much more.

Short Story Index    Indexes all the important collections and anthologies of short stories that are published each year. All literary genres are covered. Approximately 200+ monographs are captured per year, with approximately 3,000-4,000 analytics (chapters/stories).

Most Frequently used Databases for Research in Italian Studies

Directory of Open Access Journals   DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (    "Treccani ha riunito i grandi italiani in una grande opera, la più grande biografia nazionale oggi esistente da cui non possono prescindere non solo gli studiosi di biografie ma nemmeno quanti vogliono approfondire le vicende d’un dato periodo."  

Italinemo   Index to Italian Studies periodicals published worldwide since 2000. Includes an abstract for each article.  Free registration to the site.

MLA International Bibliography     Index to scholarly publications in in literature, literary criticism, linguistics, modern languages, drama, folklore, film and video from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.

Modern Language Association     The MLA site contains information on over 6,000 journals and book series that fall within the scope of the MLA International Bibliography. Entries list editorial addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, frequency of publication, descriptions of scope, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, links to online content, peer review, and submission guidelines. The directory also provides statistics on the number of articles and book reviews published each year, as well as how many are submitted.

Oxford Bibliographies Online  "Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects."    Browse by subject:  e.g., Medieval Studies;  Renaissance and Reformation.

Project Muse covers e-journals covering the arts and humanities, social science, and mathematics. The journals are published by university presses, including the Duke University Press .

Romanische Bibliographie = Bibliographie romane = Romance bibliography  Electronic Access

Databases by Period

For specific periods or authors see page, "Databases - by Period and Authors"

Print Resources

The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature (2002) by Peter Hainsworth.  Also available as an Electronic Resource

Dissertations and Theses

DART-Europe E-theses Portal    DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and they participate in advocacy to influence future European e-theses developments.

Dissertations & Theses {Proquest]  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text. Nearly one million dissertations and theses are available for download in PDF format.

Open Access Dissertations aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1000 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 2,295,950 theses and dissertations.

Online Collections

Biblioteca della Letteratura Italiana   An online library of Italian literature created through the collaboration of Pianetascuola with the Italian publisher Einaudi. Full texts of works in PDF format are searchable by author and title.

Early European Books   The scope of the collection is to provide high quality color scans, from the originals, not from microfilm, of all material printed in Europe or in European languages from the birth of printing (c.1455) to 1700. Based on holdings of a variety of major European libraries. The three initial collections, ultimately represent 4.1 million pages, are based on library collections in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and England. The project is successor and a complement to the 125,000 titles in Early English Books Online (EEBO) already held by USC.

Electronic Enlightenment   It is updated twice yearly with new materials. It currently includes cross-searchable letters from nearly 6,000 correspondents as published in the best critical editions. Over 53,000 letters and documents are included. Includes letters in French, German and Italian as well as English. Over 230,000 scholarly annotations are also cross-searchable.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)  A multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century, with archives releasing incrementally beginning in spring 2012.

Poem Finder    Indexes 600,000 poems and includes over 50,000 poems in full-text. Covering poetry from antiquity to the present from around the world from 3,000 anthologies, 4,500 single-author works, and periodicals. Poems are available only in English translation. Includes full bibliographic information for poem sources. The database is continually updated.