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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

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.

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.

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 4,800,235 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.