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Library Sources in Italian

This guide lists a selection of the more important sources of information on Italian available at Concordia Library. It includes material held in the Webster Library (WEB) on the Sir George Williams Downtown Campus, the Vanier Library (VAN) on the Loyola Campus and/or available online. Most materials are located in the Reference area (REF). This is not a complete list. Additional resources may be found by searching CLUES, the library catalogue.



Historical Dictionaries

Biblioteca Italiana: A digital library of the most important texts of the Italian literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Texts are fully searchable. (Italian only.)

Grande dizionario della lingua italiana: The most comprehensive dictionary of the Italian language. Includes examples from authors 12th-20th centuries 

Tommaseo Bellini: Published between 1861 and 1879, this dictionary was the only exhaustive Italian dictionary until the end of the 20th century. 

Vocabolario della Crusca: This page contains a searchable database of all five editions of the Vocabolario della Crusca, the first and most authoritative resource on the Italian language until the 19th century. 

Biographies, Companions, and Specialized Dictionaries



Popular Italian Newspapers

  • Canadian Society for Italian Studies
    The Canadian Society for Italian Studies is an international organization composed mainly of academics and non-academics alike. Membership is open to all those who have a scholarly or professional interest in Italian Studies.
  • Decameron Web
    "A growing hypermedia archive of materials dedicated to Boccaccio's masterpiece."
  • French and Italian Studies
    This site, created by Stanford University Libraries, offers links to: texts, dictionaries, universities, institutes, newspapers and journals, bookstores and publishers, news or discussion groups, etc.
  • Italica
    "Il sito web dedicato alla lingua e alla cultura italiana." Includes links to art, music, book, and language web pages
  • Treccani: Portal to Italian culture which includes the Biographic Dictionary of Italians (Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani), a Dictionary (Vocabolario), a Thesauras (Sinomini e contrari), and several other encyclopedias. 


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