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 www.fdu.edu/library 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