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PH 467 - Preceptorial: Dante


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to PH467 Preceptorial: Dante. Covered in this guide are resources pertaining to the philosophy and literature of Dante as well as the philosophers that influenced his writing. All of these resources can be accessed either on campus or remotely by entering in the S number on the back of your student ID. The guide is only meant to be a starting point for your research. For further research assistance, please contact the Philosophy Liaison Librarian.


Reference Materials

When using reference materials make note of any words that are used to describe your topic, these words can serve as keywords when it comes time to search for articles in online journal databases. Also, pay attention to the citations located at the end of topic entries, they can be used as a starting point for locating scholarly research.

Dante Encyclopedia
        Ref PQ4333 .D36

Gale Virtual Reference Center

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Concise Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante
     Ref PQ4333 .T72

A Concordance to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
     Ref PQ4464 .W5


Search Tips

Tip 1:  If you are looking for analysis of a specific work authored by Dante try using both the English title and the Italian title of the work; for example

  • convivo or banquet
  • purgatorio or purgatory

Tip 2:  To search the catalogs and databases highlighted in this guide you will need to use Boolean operators (ANDs and ORs), quotation marks, and truncation to pull up books and articles on your topic. Here is a brief overview of how to use Boolean operators and truncation:

  • AND:  use AND to link together search topics
    dante AND Aristotle
  • OR:  use OR to link together synonyms or like concepts
    (soul or sin or "free will") AND ("divina commedia" or "divine comedy")
  • * :  use truncation to pull up the root of a word with variant endings
    neoplatonis* will pull up items with the words neoplatonist or neoplatonism

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Find Books

Perform a Subject Heading Search to Find Criticism or Analysis 

To locate criticism or analysis on Dante do a subject search on his last name. Once you find the correct manifestation of his name, click on the name to bring up a list of books that the library owns about him. When performing an author search you will come across author-title subject headings; use those headings to pull up criticism on a specific work authored by Dante.

Perform an Author Search to Find Primary Sources/Original Texts 

To locate primary sources or original texts written by Dante, do an author search on his last name. Once you find the correct manifestation of his name, click on the name to bring up a list of books that the library owns by Dante.

Geisel Library Catalog
Use to locate books housed in Geisel Library. To see what books have recently been added to the Geisel Library collection, consult the New Books webpage and browse by subject area and month.

Use WorldCat to search the collections of libraries worldwide. If you find a book in this database and it is not owned by Geisel Library, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Ask for help in using this database at the reference desk, in person, or online at Ask a Librarian.

Use ebary to search through over 40,000 e-books spanning across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.


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Journal Articles

Because Dante's works have influenced many disciplines you will need to consult a variety of databases in order to gather research, analysis, and criticism of Dante.

Some of the databases listed below will contain the full text of articles while others will be abstract or citation only databases, requiring the use of WebBridge to locate the full text. To brush up on WebBridge please consult our WebBridge video tutorial or our WebBridge webpage.

Please note the inclusion of Arts and Humanities Citation Index, International Medieval Bibliography, and Iter as core databases. These three databases are vastly different from JSTOR and EBSCO databases. Please contact the Philosophy Liaison Librarian for assistance in using these databases.

Core Databases

Academic Search Premier
Titles of note: Renaissance Quarterly, Medium Aevum, Speculum

Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Indexed titles of note: Italian Studies, Forum Italicum, Neophilologus, Exemplaria, and Quaderni D'Italianistica.

International Medieval Bibliography

Indexed titles of note: Forum for Modern Language Studies, Medievalia et humanistic, and Italian Quarterly

Iter:  Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
See User Guide
Indexed titles of note: Dante Studies

Titles of note: Italica, Speculum, and Modern Language Review.

Philosopher's Index
Use to search for articles that analyze Dante from a purely philosophical perspective.

Literature Databases

Literature Resource Center

MLA International Bibliography

Theology Databases

ATLA Religion Database

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index


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Web Resources

University of Texas at Austin

Dartmouth Dante Project
Dartmouth College

Digital Dante Project
Columbia University

The Divine Comedy: Research Edition
ELH: English Literary History

Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America
Hosted by Princeton University

Princeton Dante Project
Princeton University

The World of Dante
University of Virginia


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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