The Accademia della Crusca is among the leading institutions in the field of research on the Italian language. Their Dictionary of 1612, designed to preserve and propagate the Florentine dialect used by Dante and Boccaccio, is now accessible in an online version that allows for sophisticated searching.
A selection of the most useful reference sources - there are many more available in McKeldin Library.
Electronic version of 12 titles in Gale's popular Literature Criticism reference series, including Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Drama Criticism.
Includes essays on over 200 countries that document the myriad ways in which culture defines and separates the nations of the world as much as geographical borders do. Surveys each country's shared values, behaviors and cultural variations from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts.
Contains the full-text of the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica (plus thousands of additional articles and images not available in the print set); the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Quotations, and more.