Italian Language and Literature

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Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

For access to full-text electronic journal articles, check Electronic Journals and search by journal title or subject.

Tip: Remember to search journal title and not article title in QCAT.


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Publication coverage: 1925 - present
Modern Languages Association International Bibliography. Most comprehensive index to articles, essays, book chapters, books, and dissertations.
Publication coverage: 1892 - present (some primary texts date from 600 AD)
Access restricted to the Queen's community (4 user limit)
Searchable database of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Also indexes criticism from The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), includes the full text of 104 specialist literature journals, and more...
Publication coverage: 1843 - present
Interdisciplinary journal articles drawn from over 400 journal titles covering 400 to 1700.


To find books in our collection, search QCAT by author, title, subject headings, or keyword.

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
Eco, Umberto
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
Eco, Umberto
Dante Alighierei, 1265-1321
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic:
"Italian literature" and medieval
"Italian drama" and Pirandello
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Italy - History
Italian drama - To 1700
Italian drama - 20th century
Italian literature - To 1400
Italian literature - 20th century - History and criticism
Italian literature - Bibliography
Pirandello, Luigi 1867 - 1936 - Criticism and interpretation
Dante aleghieri 1265 - 1321 - Criticism and interpretation
Authors, Italian

These are just some examples. It is always a good idea to look at all the subject headings ("Subject(s)") in QCAT in the full record of books that are relevant to your topic. Often books will be catalogued with a number of subject headings under which you can search for related resources.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


Collins Italian Dictionary
REF PC1640.C38 2005

Copy 1 temporarily shelved at Stauffer Library - Reference Desk

DII Dizionario Inglese - Italiano
REF PC1640.D18 2001

Dictionary of Italian Literature
REF PQ4006.D45 1996

A Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante
PQ4333.T7 (c.1898); PQ4333.T7 1968

Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani
REF CT1123.D6

Grande dizionario della lingua italiana
REF PC1625.B3
Volumes 1-21 (A-Z) & 2004 supplement

Italian-English dictionary = Dizionario Italiano-Inglese. (Series: Barron's foreign language guides)
REF PC1640 I75 2007

The Oxford-Duden pictorial Italian and English dictionary
REF PC1680.O9 1995t

Oxford-Paravia Italian dictionary : English-Italian, Italian-English = Oxford Paravia il Dizionario : Inglese/Italiano, Italiano/Inglese.
REF PC1640 .O94 2010

Oxford-Paravia Italian dictionary:English-Italian, Italian-English = Oxford Paravia il Dizionario : Inglese/Italiano, Italiano/Inglese/ [in collaborazione con Oxford University Press].

Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini

Treccani: Lingua e Linguaggi

Vocabolario Etimologico della Lingua Italiana di Ottorino Pianigiani

Web version of a famous Italian etymological dictionary, also usable as a general monolingual dictionary.


Dante encyclopedia
REF PQ4333.D36 2000

This reference work presents a systematic introduction to Dante's life and works and the cultural context in which his moral and intellectual imagination took shape.

Enciclopedia virgiliana
REF PA6825 .A3 1984 (vols. 1-4)

Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies
REF PQ4006.E536 2007 (2 vols)

Includes analytical essays on authors and works.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature
REF PN669.E53 2000

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture
REF DG450.E53 2000

"This rigorously compiled A-Z volume offers rich, readable coverage of the diverse forms of post-1945 Italian culture. With over 900 entries by international contributors, this volume is genuinely interdisciplinary in character, treating traditional political, economic, and legal concerns, with a particular emphasis on neglected areas of popular culture. Entries range from short definitions, histories or biographies to longer overviews covering themes, movements, institutions and personalities, from advertising to fascism, and Pirelli to Zeffirelli."

The Feminist Encyclopedia of Italian Literature
REF PQ4063.F45 1997

Handbooks, Guides and Catalogues

Handbooks and Guides

Companion to Pirandello Studies
PQ4835.I7Z5465 1991

Concordance to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
REF PQ4464.W5

Italian Women's Writing, 1860-1994
PQ4055.W6W66 1995t

Entries by time period and theme. Includes several categories of bibliographies.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

Comprehensive survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, including developments in other disciplines that have shaped literary theory and criticism. International in scope, but emphasis is on Western critical theory.

The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature


Center for Research Libraries (CRL catalog)

Queen's patrons are able to borrow CRL resources through Interlibrary Loan. CRL materials are described as "...a rich and diverse corpus of almost four million rarely-held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and other primary source materials from all regions of the globe".
More information.

Virtual Library - Cilea

Virtual Reference Desk for library operators of universities, research and scholarly institutes
Virtual Library is a service of the italian project "Biblioteche Nelle Scuole”


Lists the holdings of academic and research libraries from around the world.


Consult bibliographies to find a comprehensive list of sources on a specific topic or a selective list of key works on a topic. To find out what bibliographies the Library has, do a subject search in QCAT.

International Medieval Bibliography Online

Italy (World Bibliography Series)
REF Z2356.S66 1995t

Categorized bibliography. See e.g. Literature and Theatre sections. Annotated, with author, title and subject indexes.

Italian Books and Periodicals
Z2345.I89 from 1969-2003 (Latest received)

Annual, "cultural and bibliographic review"


Biblioteca della Letteratura Italiana

Digital Library of Italian Literature

Biblioteca Italiana

Digital library of the most representative Italian texts from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

Dartmouth Dante Project

Decameron Web

A Growing Hypermedia Archive of Materials Dedicated to Boccaccio's Masterpiece

Princeton Dante Project

The Warburg Institute and the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani "Giovanni Aquilecchia"(CISB)

First installment of a free digital library dedicated to Giordano Bruno Bibliotheca Bruniana Electronica.


News and Media Online

La Repubblica

Corriere della Sera

La Stampa

Il Manifesto

Other Websites

Accademia della Crusca

La Città Invisible

(associazione interamente basata su Internet che si impegna con progetti e iniziative per il libero accesso alle informazioni e l'utilizzo democratico delle tecnologie della rete.)

Embassy of Italy in Ottawa

The Galileo Project

Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici - Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani "Giovanni Aquilecchia"


Italian Journals in the world

LearnItalianPod (Learn Italian with Free Podcasts)

Matdid: Materiali didattici di italiano per stranieri

The National Museum of Cinema - Maria Adriana Prolo Foundation

Archives of cinema, photography and image

WESS Web (Western European Studies Section)

From the Association of College and Research Libraries. Award-winning site, navigated by national literatures and area studies, resources on contemporary Europe, library resources, text collections and book reviews.

See in particular section on Italian Studies.

The World of Dante

The World of Dante is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities, University of Virginia and funded in part by: an IATH Research Fellowship; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; and a grant from the National Italian American Foundation.



A theses or dissertation is an extended body of research produced by students for a higher degree such as a Masters of PhD or an extended essay undertaken as part of an undergraduate program of study.

This guide includes information about how to locate print and electronic theses or dissertations produced by students at Queen’s as well as those produced by students at other institutions, both in Canada and overseas. 


To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:


Open Access Repositories

Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States


TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.