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Italian Literature, Language, and Culture

A guide to resources for researching Italian language, literature, and culture.


The primary database for conducting research on literature and related areas is the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB). It indexes books, articles, and websites on literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), folklore, and the history of printing and publishing. Book reviews are not included. 

OU subscribes to the MLAIB through EBSCO, so the interface may look familiar to you. However, the database has certain unique features.

  • Search indexes such as genre, literary technique, literature topic, primary subject author, and primary subject work.
  • Build your search using the database's Thesaurus.
  • Use the Names as Subjects feature when you're not sure how to spell a name or whether to use a pseudonym.
  • It is generally better to do your keyword searches in English, even if you want results in Italian. For example, a keyword search for Dante AND metamorphosis produced results in English, Italian, French, and German.

The Modern Language Association has created several tutorials to help you use the bibliography.‚Äč

Journals and Articles--Other Databases

Click here to access a list of journals to which OU subscribes in Italian.