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Search Tips for Finding Books

    Any - broadest type of search.  Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic.  For example: umberto eco il nome della rosa. On the results screen choose the Resource Type Print Books and/or eBooks from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any articles that were found.

    Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations.  For example: "Il nome della rosa". On the results screen choose the Resource Type Print Books and/or eBooks from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any book reviews that were found.

    Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations.  For example: "eco umberto". On the results screen choose the Resource Type Print Books and/or eBooks from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any book reviews and articles that were found.

Note down the library name and call number -- you need this information to locate the book.

Just Want a Good Book to Read?

Browsing Italian Literature

The Library of Congress call number range for this subject area is PQ4001-PQ5999 (Suzzallo Library, 2nd floor). We have so many books in our collections that it is hard to browse.  We recommend doing a quick keyword or author search online, finding a few call numbers to start with, and then browsing that area.  

Italian-language literature:

  •     PQ4001-4199.5 History and criticism (Italian literature)
  •     PQ4001-4063 General
  •     PQ4064-4075 Early to 1500
  •     PQ4077-4088 Modern
  •     PQ4091-(4131) Poetry
  •     PQ4133-4160 Drama
  •     PQ4161-4185 Prose
  •     PQ(4186)-(4199) Folk literature
  •     PQ4199.5 Juvenile literature (General)
  •     PQ4201-4263 Collections
  •     PQ4201-4204 General
  •     PQ4205-4206 Translations
  •     PQ4207-4225 Poetry
  •     PQ4227-4245 Drama
  •     PQ4247-4263 Prose
  •     PQ4265-4556 Individual authors and works to 1400
  •     PQ4561-4664 Individual authors, 1400-1700
  •     PQ4675-4734 Individual authors, 1701-1900
  •     PQ4800-4851 Individual authors, 1900-1960
  •     PQ4860-4886 Individual authors, 1961-2000
  •     PQ4900-4926 Individual authors, 2001
  •     PQ5901-5999 Regional, provincial, local, etc.

(More detailed Library of Congress call numbers for browsing are on the LOC Classification Outline):

Browsing Italian History and Culture

Best practice is to search UW Libraries Search on your chosen topic and find a few books that interest you.  Write down the call numbers, and go to the stacks. Once you are there, browse for more.

History of Italy

  • DG11-999 (Suzzallo 4th floor)