Study Abroad - Italy

Welcome to the Study Abroad - Italy Research Guide
This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites for use in completing your coursework, in particular the Culture and Civilization of Italy courses, as well as your travels in the Tuscany region. Use the tabs below to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, please feel free to contact me or a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

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  1. Books and Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites

Many of the following books are all available electronically. You will need a current library card to access books online. Please note that some books are available for one simultaneous user only. Titles of books available in print will include the call number.

E-books: There are several e-books listed below. You'll need a current COD library card to access these books. You can also search and browse our e-book collections for additional titles here

Travel Guides

Arts & Architecture


History and Geography

Streaming Videos

  • Academic Video Online
    Find hundreds of newsreel footage and documentaries on Italy. Subjects include culture, politics, history and current events. Refine your search results by limiting your results to, for example, discipline, subject and historical era. These limiters are located on the left side of page.
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  • Ethnographic Video Online
  • Films On Demand
  • Many films on Italy, primarily from the perspective of Business, current and historical footage.
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E-book Collections

E-books are published using a variety of platforms - some can be accessed using tablet readers.

Searching Collections:

These collections can be searched by using the keyword "Italy" for broad search results. Adding keywords such as, for example, "History" or "Culture" to your search will produce fewer results but these results will be more precise.

Many, but not all, books in these collections can also be located and accessed by searching in the Library's book catalog.

  • ebrary
  • Many e-books can be viewed from your computer or downloaded to your e-book reader. You need to create an account to download -books to your device.

  • EBSCO e-book collection
  • Find several e-books on Italy covering various subjects such as Culture and Society, History, Politics and Literature. NOTE: Books can be viewed by single page on a computer, or, can be downloaded to an -book reader. You'll be prompted to create an EBSCO account. The loan period for e-books is four hours. Books can be renewed after the initial loan period expires.

  • Humanities (ACLS) E-book Collection
  • This resource includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Pages from this collection can be printed and emailed.

Databases - Best Bets

Below are databases covering Art, History and general topics. You can access these databases from the alphabetical listing of databases

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Search Complete provides both scholarly and popular journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study and is a great resource for general research.
    The search screen can be changed to Italian language: Top-right of screen, under "Languages" select "Italiano"

  • AcademicOneFile
  • Academic OneFile is great for both popular and peer-reviewed full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, and is an excellent resource for general research.
    The search screen can be changed to Italian language: Top-center of screen, under "English" select "Italiano"

  • Art And Architecture Complete
  • Excellent source for information on Italian artists, famous works of art by Italian artists and Italian art traditions.

  • Credo Reference
  • Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers.

  • JSTOR is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700s to the early 2000s. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies and criticism of authors from every age and literary discipline. The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

  • Oxford Art Online
  • This resource includes the full-text of:
    Grove Art Online
    Oxford Companion to Western Art
    Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
    The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

    Websites - Guidebooks and Area Studies

    • Conde Nast Traveler - Italy
      Free travel information for Italy, organized by city and region. Includes information on hotels, restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions.

    • Fodor's Italy
      Organized by region and city, Fodor's Italy provides many useful tips for travelers in Italy. Essential Italian phrases for travelers, tips for eating and staying in Italy, and links to historical sites and top attractions are of note.

    • National Geographic - Italy
      Find facts, maps, photos and videos on Italy. NOTE - You will need to create an account to access all free content on this site.

    • NY Times Italy Travel Guide
      Articles, photos and video about Italy from The New York Times, including hotel, restaurant and attraction information with reader reviews and advice on where to stay, where to eat and what to do.

    • Rick Steves' Italy
      Plenty of useful, free information from travel guide Rick Steves. This site contains tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Italy. Included are excerpts of Steves' Italy travel guide as well as photos, tips for planning trips, and travel information for specific cities and regions.

    • Michelin Travel Guide - Italy
      General information on traveling in Italy - note the sections labeled "Useful Information" and "History and Culture" in center of page.

    • Yahoo Travel - Italy
      Directory arranged by "best for" categories and by city. Includes useful sections on restaurants and "What to Do" for each listed city. Provides user-written reviews.