Library Resources for Italian

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Subject Librarian Jeffrey Shane

Subject Librarian Jeffrey Shane

The Subject Librarian for Modern Languages is Jeffrey Shane. Don’t hesitate to contact him for assistance in finding information on your research topic.

He has written a Subject Guide to Italian Language and Literature that is on the library’s website. The items listed below are a small selection from that guide. Follow the link above for many more resources about Italian language and literature.

Please note: some of the resources listed below are available to members of Ohio University only. Off-campus users will be asked to log in and identify themselves as a part of Ohio University in order to access them.

General Library Tools

Italian Language


italian dictionary
The call number area for Italian dictionaries and other language books begins at PC1640. There are many non-circulating dictionaries in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor of Alden Library. For volumes which you can check out, try the same call number area on the 7th floor.

We have dozens of Italian dictionaries. Here are links to listings in ALICE:


WordReference Online Dictionary

For Italian grammar books, try these titles from ALICE.

Other Language Learning Books

The links below will lead you to other kinds of books, listed in ALICE, that on various aspects of learning Italian:

Italian Literature


Literary Criticism: Journal Citation Databases

The MLA International Bibliography is the major database for modern languages and literature.

ArticlesPlus is a single search box for well over 100 different databases, including the MLA Bibliography (above), Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Humanities International Complete, and many other sources that are relevant for the study of language and literature.

Literary Criticism: Full-Text Sources

Though not as comprehensive as the MLA International Bibliography (on left), these sources will often help you get a good start at finding literary criticism–and they always have full text!

Italian Videos and Media


Alden Library has more than 600 movies in Italian. This link will take you to a list of them in alphabetical order.

In order to find links to Italian-language media (newspapers, radio, and TV), go to this page in the Italian Language and Literature Research Guide.