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Useful links for literature search

Freely Available Resources and Search tools:

Italian OPACs (Online catalogues)

OPAC SBN (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale)
Catalogue providing unified access to almost 4000 Italian libraries (run by the State, local authorities, Universities, public and private institutions.).

MAI (MetaOPAC Azalai Italiano)
Meta-catalogue granting access to many Italian libraries. It is mostly useful to locate specific items which are difficult to find in other Italian libraries.
Friuli Venezia Giulia Libraries
A list of regional catalogues.
A network for humanities and social sciences: unified access point for classical archaeology, history, history of art and architecture, philology, history of the Catholic Church, law and social sciences.

Catalogo italiano dei periodici (ACNP)
The Italian Catalogue of Periodical Publications lists about 160.000 titles held at Italian libraries.
International OPACs (Online catalogues)
Europeana Collections
Gateway providing access to over 50 million records describing books, music, works of art and other materials held at thousands of archives, libraries and museums all over Europe.

Library of Congress
The largest US Library: over 170 million records for books, manuscripts, periodicals, multimedia materials and more.

Library and Archives Canada
Canadian Union Catalog of libraries and archives.

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
A single search interface to the largest libraries worldwide (in English).

grants access to collections and services of over 10.000 libraries worldwide.

National online bibliographies

Bibliografía Española en línea
The Spanish online bibliography lists all documents published in Spain and given by publishers to the National Library in compliance with legal deposit.

BNB (British National Bibliography)
Bibliography of books and journal titles published or distributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950, including electronic publications. It is a sub-section of the British Library Integrated Catalogues.

Bibliographie nationale française
Bibliography of books, journal titles and electronic documents published in France and given for legal deposit to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Deutsche National Bibliographie online
Bibliography of books, dissertations, conference proceedings, journal titles, media materials, maps and web sites, published in Germany or in the German language, translated from German or relating to Germany, that have been issued since 1913.

Slovenska Bibliografija
Bibliography of books, electronic publications, music and cartographic materials whos author is Slovienain, or published in Slovenian or by Slovenian publishers.

Specialized Search engines

Google Books
Google tool to search in the full text of hundreds of thousands of books scanned in the framework of a project involving both publishers and the largest libraries worldwide.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature: articles, essays, abstracts, books, dissertations and so on.

OAIster provides access to over 51.000.000 scholarly digital resources archived in over 2.000 'Open Archives'.

BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
BASE provides access to over 200.000.000 di web-based scholarly, multidisciplinary resources archived in over 8.100 'Open Archives'.

Gateway to Italian Digital Scholarly Literature in Open Archives and Institutional Repositories. Over 3.000.000 records.

DART-Europe E-theses Portal
Gateway to full-text PhD electronic theses and dissertations archived throughout Europe.

Indexes of resources for literature search

Internet Archive
Not-for-profit digital Library granting access to a vast collection of books, films, documentaries, music, websites, audio- and video files, and so on.

GreySource: A Selection of Web-based Resources in Grey Literature
A list of "Grey Literature" resources non-conventional materials and research produced by organizations outside of the traditional commercial or academic publishing and distribution channels, often distributed privately within organizations.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
Directory that indexes full-text, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Most of the titles are searchable at article level.

DOAB -Directory of Open Access Books
Directory that provides access to full-text, open access, peer-reviewed books.

DFP - Documentazione di fonte pubblica in rete
A structured index of Internet-based resources which provide access to the information porduced, colelcted and preserved by Ttalian public Institutions. DFP is organized by disciplines.

Other resources

Index translationum
International bibliography of book translations  from over 100 UNESCO Nations.