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Italian Studies Research Guide : Dictionaries

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.

Online Dictionaries - Words and Terminology


Sapera Dizionari di Lingua Italiana "Per lo studio, il lavoro o il tempo libero: trova la definizione e il significato di una parola, oppure cerca un sinonimo o il suo contrario nei nostri dizionari di italiano;  trova la definizione e il significato di una parola, traduci un verbo o ascoltane la pronuncia… in nove lingue diverse con il nostro traduttore on-line!." 

Treccani Enciclopedia


Collins Italian Dictionary: Search (Advanced search) in database Credo reference  using exact phrase: Collins Italian Dictionay.  Credo Reference is a digital reference library that places a world of factual information at your fingertips. Containing a selection from 645 high-quality reference books from the world's leading publishers, Credo Reference is the ideal place to start any research.

Grande Dizionario Italiano Online    

OVI - Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (CNR).  (For an overview on video click here.

Oxford Paravia Online

WordReference Italian Dictionaries

Language Learning

Indo-European Languages Italian Online vocabulary and grammar tutorials.

L'Italiano in famiglia  "L'Italiano in famiglia è: un corso multimediale per imparare la lingua italiana."    Free online course from the government of city of Brescia: a video sitcom with downloadable episodes, transcripts and exercises.

Radio Arlecchino Italian podcasts from the University of Texas, with transcripts and grammar notes. Italian Pronunciation  Audio clips of native speakers pronouncing 32,000+ words in Italian.  This is not a scholarly enterprise but, rather, a representative sampling of the accents and intonations of native italian speakers.


Treccani L'Enciclopedia Italiana


Search (Advanced Search) in Quick Search (and limit to Book / ebook) : enciclopedia  AND italiana (Retrieves titles going as far back as 1853).

Dictionaries in print

Grande dizionario della lingua italiana - Battaglia, Salvatore  (21 Vols.)  Call Number: PC1625.B3

Dizionario enciclopedico italiano - Bosco, Umberto  (12 vols.)    Call Number: AE35.D516

Grande dizionario della lingua italiana moderna   (5 vols.)   Call Number: PC1625.G7 1998
Dizionario etimologico della lingua italiana - Bolleli, Tristano  Call Number: PC1580.B6 1989 
Dizionario inglese-italiano, Italian-English - Passerini, Tosi Carlo  Call Number PC1640.P3 1989
Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana - Branca, Vittore (4 vols.)  Call NUmber PQ4057.D59 1986