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Italian, Continuing and Intermediate: A Library Guide: Finding
Books/Video

A guide to library resources in Italian language, literature, history, and culture intended for students studying the language.

Finding Books in Olin

Note: Pay attention to the call numbers and note whether the material is shelved in the regular, oversized (+), or double oversized (++) sections.

Regular Size Books in Olin Library

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Biblioteca Di Bella Arti, Milan

Alla ricerca dei libri in italiano

ALLA RICERCA DEI LIBRI IN ITALIANO

The Cornell University Library Catalog includes the holdings of all Ithaca campus libraries, in addition to those of the Geneva Experiment Station. (The Medical College Library, located in New York City, has a separate catalog.) The catalog contains records for books, computer files, government documents, manuscripts and archives,maps, musical scores, periodicals, serials, sound recordings, and visual materials. Connect to the Cornell University Library Catalog.

The Cornell University Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings as the standard for subject searching. Unlike searching by keyword, where any term or wording of a topic can be entered into the computer, subject searching requires you to use the exact wording of an official Library of Congress subject heading in order to retrieve search results. The example below illustrates a subject heading search for material on Italian film. Note that Subject is selected from the menu to the right of the search box:

Some useful Library of Congress Subject Headings for this class are:

ITALY--ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
ITALY--ECONOMIC POLICY
ITALY--HISTORY
ITALY--PERIODICALS
ITALY--POPULATION
ITALY--SOCIAL CONDITIONS
ITALY--SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS ART,ITALY
ITALIAN LANGUAGE
ITALIAN LITERATURE
ITALIAN DRAMA
ITALIAN WIT AND HUMOR
FOLK LITERATURE, ITALIAN
MOTION PICTURES--ITALY

Example of Keyword Searches:

Italy and (women or gender)
Italy and environment?
Italy and "health care"


 Cercare Materiale Audiovisivo

The catalog is also used to find videos, films and music available in the Cornell University Library.  Note the format listing in the left column.  Clicking on Video displays the 56 items in that format. Clicking on Non-musical Recordings would display the 3 spoken word titles. Note also the Language limit option, which sorts search results by language and allows you to see just material in the language you select.