Italian Language and Literature Research Guide

Learning any language involves the senses of sight, hearing and speaking. One must see the words and learn the grammar, hear the correct proununciation and be able to speak the words intelligibly.

Let us begin with seeing the words

The following are a few of the titles available at the Giovatto Library which can assist in learning the written language and can be found by going to and clicking on Search Library Catalog on the left side of the page:

Basic Italian / Charles Speroni, Carlo L. Golino PC1112 .S6 1981

Essential Italian. A practical conversation grammar for beginners  by Emilio Peruzzi  PC1112.5 .P4 1967

Easy Italian step-by-step : master high-frequency grammar for Italian proficiency-- fast / Paola Nanni-Tate  PC1129.E5 N36 2009

Electronic books are also available – for example:

Italian grammar for dummies  by Beth Bartonlini-Salimbeni..

To access an e-book, click on the title of the book. A link will appear which says Click to access from FDU campus or to log in using FDU Webmail ID and password. If you are on campus, simply click on the link which will take you to the book. On the left, click on Available for Online Reading. If you are off campus, a screen will come up asking for a user name and password. This is your webmail ID and password.

To hear the correct pronunciation of Italian, audio books, CDs and DVDs are a great help. Our audiobook collection has an edition of All-Audio Italian. This can be accessed through the Online Library. Click on e-books and audiobooks, then click on EBSCO Audiobook Collection. Enter the term “Italian” and you will be taken to the entry for the book.

Our collection also houses physical audio books on CD-Rom. These include:

Italian by Howard Beckerman. PC1112.7 .B43 2001

Berlitz Italian premier  PC1065 .B473 2006                                                                              

Intermediate Italian PC1065 .I58 2003                                                                                             

 Advanced Italian PC1065 .A38 2008

These are available at the Circulation Department.

In the Periodicals Department  you will find the trade magazine Oggi  and  a number of periodical in Italian are available through Lexis Nexis Academic on the Online Library. These include:

Corriere della Sera,  La Gazzetta dello Sport , La Stampa and La Nazione.



Now that you have mastered the language, it is time to begin reading literature in Italian . Some of the great authors in our collection include.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) La Divina Commedia PQ4302 .F57

Lodovico Ariosto (1474-1533) Orlando Furioso  PQ4567 .A2 1959

Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) La Gerusalemme liberata PQ4638 .E50

Giovanni Verga (1840-1922) Tutte le novelle PQ4734.V5 A15 1968

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) Novelle per un anno PQ4835.I7 A15 1962

Buona fortuna!