Subject librarian

Here you will find curated lists of subject-specific databases and journals from the holdings of Basel University Library. The lists are not exhaustive and are continuously maintained.

Subject-specific training courses (in German)

An introduction to literature research for students of Italian linguistics and literary studies will be available every autumn semester as part of undergraduate seminars (use of the library, printed holdings and electronic resources, an introduction to the library catalogue search and specialist databases, main other research tools). The dates will be provided during the undergraduate seminars (next: 25.10.2023, 08.15-09.45).

For subject-specific questions relating to information research, do not hesitate to get in touch with the subject librarian.

All training opportunities

An overview of all training opportunities available at the University Library (guided tours, reference managment, etc.) can be found here.



Internet resources
Specialist portal for Italian literature with links to libraries, journals, dictionaries, etc. (in Italian)
Most important Internet resource for Romanists in the German-speaking countries (in German)

FID Romanistik: Forschungsdaten
Valuable information from the German Fachinformationsdienst Romanistik related to research data (in German)

Library catalogues and bibliographic databases

OPAC catalogue on-line (SBN)
Largest and most important Italian union catalogue, Rome

Consortium CIPE
Consortium of 11 Italian university libraries

Italian Union Catalogue of Serials (ACNP)

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
Access to the public catalogue at the central national library in Florence

Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense
National library in Milan (possibility to order photocopies online through the Servizi link) (in Italian)

Università di Bologna / Centro Inter-Bibliotecario (CIB)

Casalini Libri
The most notable database of available Italian books (Casalini Libri, Fiesole)

Internet Bookshop Italia
The largest online Italian bookshop (in Italian)

Freely available online databases

Biblioteca Liber Liber
The full text of more than 1000 classics of Italian literature

Dante online
Website of the Società Dantesca Italiana; Dante's works in full text, biographies, links, etc.

Decameron web
Online material relating to Boccaccio's "Decameron" at Brown University in Providence

Galileo Project
Information source about the life and work of Galileo Galilei, Rice University

I margini del libro
Project researching and cataloguing dedicated texts in the Italian tradition, with the freely available database AIDI (Archivio informatico della dedica italiana: electronic archive for cataloguing and researching Italian dedications) and the Journal Margini, from the Italian Institute at the University of Basel

Italian Women Writers
Database with bio-bibliographical material and a growing number of full texts by Italian women authors, University of Chicago

Progetto Duecento
Full texts and search functionality for Italian poetry from the beginning to Dante by Francesco Bonomi (in Italian)

Freely available electronic journals

Italinemo: Riviste di italianistica nel mondo
Database of international Italian journals with abstracts, search by article and reviews (in Italian)

Bollettino '900 : Bollettino Elettronico del Seminario sul '900
Bollettino '900 - Electronic Journal of 20th century Italian literature

The Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies

University Library holdings

Primary literature:

  • critical editions of canonical Italian authors in the original language
  • selected Italian fiction
  • a few selected titles of canonical authors and modern fiction also in German translation

Secondary literature:

  • important lexicons, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.
  • comprehensive works of the Italian language and literature (such as literature and language histories, grammars, etc.)
  • a wide provision of monographic literature for the study and research covering relevant themes including in the Italian, German, English or French languages
  • important literary, linguistic and cultural journals

Historical collections:

  • important collection of primary and secondary literature

No holdings:

  • language teaching materials, textbooks for Italian as a foreign language
  • works on literature and language didactics
  • children's and young adult literature


Libraries with additional collections