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The interdisciplinary field of Italian American Studies addresses the history of Italian immigration to the United States and the subsequent experience of the immigrants and their descendants. Italian American Studies employs the methodologies and emphases of history, sociology, literary studies, film studies, political science, religious studies, etc. This guide provides information and links to resources to help you in your research. There are also guides for Italian Studies, one devoted to basic reference sources, mainly print, for the study of Italian language, literature, and civilization. The Italian Studies guide is similar to this guide in its emphasis on web-based resources.
Library catalogs list the materials contained in the library's collections: books (paper and ebook), videos, sound recordings, and serial publications, such as journals, magazines and newspapers. Franklin, which is the catalog of the Penn Libraries (excepting the Biddle Law Library), besides describing each item, also indicates where it is located and if it is available. In the case of serials, it indicates which volumes or years are covered.
One approach to using the library catalog is to search Library of Congress subject headings that pertain to Italian Americans in a subject search. Here are some:
Italian Americans History
Italian American women
Italian American literature
American literature Italian American authors
Italian Americans in literature Italian Americans intellectual life