Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:
The principal collection for Italian is off the North corridor of the Main Library (in the Wilkins building). See
separate pages for maps and opening hours.
To locate books, remember to use Explore, the library catalogue. Explore will give details of the library site and collection in which the book can be found.
The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves (called Garside classification). The Classmark for a book generally consists of a subject (indicating a collection within the library) followed by letters and numbers; e.g. ITALIAN A 45 for a work about Italian cultural history or ITALIAN L 145 for a work by Alfieri
An outline of the classification system for Italian is available here.
Click here for instructions on how to find a book.
Some of the other main sections you are likely to need are:
ART (Main Library, South, 1st floor): includes Film Studies and Design
HISTORY (Main Library, South, 2nd floor); includes a good collection of Italian political,
economic and social history.
LITERATURE (Main Library, North Corridor): books on literary topics not specific to any one
language, literary theory, translation theory etc., and a small collection of Italian literature
translated into English.
PHONETICS & LINGUISTICS (Main Library, South, 1st floor): books and periodicals
supporting the theory and practice of language study.
Older or lesser-used material marked on the Explore (UCL library catalogue) with the word STORE should be requested online via Explore or by using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about Stores.
Periodicals (also called journals)
ROMANCE PERIODICALS, containing journals on Italian, French and Spanish studies, are shelved in
the North Corridor of the building. Periodicals are usually available for loan, although this may be restricted to overnight access.
For electronic journals, see below.
The HUMANITIES PERIODICALS (formerly known as ARTS periodicals), a collection of mainly interdisciplinary periodicals in Arts and Humanities
subjects, are shelved in the Main Library, 2nd Floor, at the far end of the Jewish Studies library.
Click here for instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals and journal articles.For electronic journals, see below.
Films are shelved at the Issue Desk and can be taken home or watched in the viewing room off the Main Library Reference Room. Headsets and remote controls can be borrowed from the Issue Desk. To find a film on the catalogue, use the "audiovisual" option from the home screen; type your search term - PASOLINI or TEOREMA, plus the word DVD or VIDEO if you want to specify the format
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Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need
your user id/password for computing services in order to gain access to them.
Indexes and Abstracts
Among the bibliographic indexes which the Library offers are:
- The MLA International Bibliography: indexes literature, languages and linguistics materials from 1926.
- The Arts and Humanities
Citation Index: coverage from 1975 onwards.
(International Bibliography of the Social Sciences): indexes the contents of journals, book
collections etc., from 1951 onwards. ATHENS password required.
- The International Medieval Bibliography, which indexes over 4,000 journals, books and conference proceedings.
Via BREPOLIS, on-campus access only.
- Iter Bibliography, which offers indexes and abstracts of books, journal articles and dissertations on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).
Click here for a complete list of
databases available at UCL.
A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from the
list of electronic journals on the
Library's web pages where you will find details of access arrangements for each title.
Of interest in language and literature is the range of titles available in JSTOR -
a project to store long back runs of selected journals in electronic form, e.g. Modern Language Journal
1916 - 2004.
Copies of College examination papers for
undergraduate courses are available on the Web.
Printed copies of the current year's Italian papers are held in the Main Library, Photocopying Room. Older ones can be requested from Store.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura website provides detailes of forthcoming events and houses a Library with a large collection of Italian books and audiovisual resources
Dante Society of America The Society sponsors sessions on Dante at various scholarly gatherings during the academic year, publishes an electronic journal of critical notes: EBDSA
Enciclopedia Treccani seachable online dictionary and encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia is divided in 5 subjects. Also available is the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani ( Dictionary of National Biography).
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Senate House Library (Senate House, Malet Street) has a strong
collection in languages, the arts and social and historical sciences, and is especially strong in
periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.
Click here for more information about the use
of other libraries.
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If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject
librarian for Italian:
Telephone: internal: 32595; external: 020 7679 2595
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