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Subject guides: Italian

Italian section

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

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.

Book collections

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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Electronic collections

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.

Online resources

Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL via Metalib, where you can find online databases for Italian Studies grouped together. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.

For for more help in how to use online resources visit the Electronic Resources or Databases library pages.

Electronic journals

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.

Exam papers

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.

Web Resources

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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Other libraries

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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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Italian:

Giulia Garoli
E-mail g.garoli@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32595; external: 020 7679 2595

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