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Italian Studies: Books

How do I access my reading lists?

You can access your course reading lists in Blackboard. Log in via MyManchester, then click the ‘Reading Lists Online’ link in the left-hand menu to see your lists, or use the link below:

Using Library Search

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Find help and support with all aspects of locating using and borrowing resources.

Humanities e-books

You can find e-books by accessing Library Search or by using the links below:

General e-books

You can find e-books by searching the Library Search or by using the links below:

Printed books, e-books and theses


Guide to printed stock

Books relevant to Italian language and literature are shelved mostly on Blue 3 at classification (subject) numbers 450-459 and 850-859. The following are the most useful numbers:


Classification numbers of books in the Italian Studies collections

Classification Number Subject
450 Italian language in general
450.7 Study and teaching of Italian
450.9 History of Italian
453 Italian dictionaries and encyclopaedias
453.2 Italian-English dictionaries
457 Italian dialects
458 Italian textbooks
850 Italian literature
B450 Bibliography of Italian language
B850 Bibliography of Italian literature
851 Italian poetry
852 Italian drama
853 Italian fiction
854 Italian literary Essays
857 Italian satire
858 Italian literary miscellany

Classification numbers and locations for other relevant texts concerning Italy

Subject Classification Number Location
Italian philosophy 109.45 Blue 3
Italian church history 274.5 Blue 3
Social and economic history of Italy 309.45 Blue 2
Italian political theory 320.945 Blue 2
Italian art (general) 709.45 Blue 4
Italian painting 750.45 Blue 4
Italian public administration 350.945 Blue 2
History of Italian civilization 901.45 Blue 3
Geography of Italy 914.5 Blue 3
History of Italy (general) 945 Blue 3
History of Italy, 1300-1492 945.05 Blue 3
History of Italy, 1492-1527 945.06 Blue 3
History of Italy, 1527-1796 945.07 Blue 3
History of Italy, 1796-1870 945.08 Blue 3
History of Italy, 1870 945.09 Blue 3
Cinema 791.4 Blue 4



Inter-Library Loans service

The University of Manchester Library is one of the largest subscribers to e-journals and databases in the UK but we don’t have access to everything.

If you find that we don’t hold a book, report, journal article or conference paper that you need, you can use our Inter-Library Loans service.

How to find and access theses?

Hard copy PhD theses before 2009 produced at The University of Manchester are held at the Joule Library.

You can search Library Search for a thesis, make a note of the shelfmark (eg Th 16574), bring the number to the issue counter and we will retrieve it for you. Please note that they are reference only and cannot be removed from the Library.

We do not hold Masters or undergraduate theses.

Below is a link to our dedicated thesis support page.





Doctoral/Research Theses

Electronic versions of many open-access University of Manchester research theses, submitted from the 2010 session onwards, are available on Pure, the University of Manchester’s internal repository.

Using Google Books

It is worthwhile carrying out a search on Google Books to see if a book is available to view online.

If you have a reading list for your course and the books are in use by other students, you can check to see if it has been fully or partially digitised by Google.

Google Book Search
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