4. Virtual resources
4.1 Digital works and authors
You can now access many literary works either online (for free) or on CD-ROM (you will have to purchase the CD-ROM or consult it at a library that might hold it). In any case, the digitization of literature can be a great research tool as it will allow you to do specific searches in the text and in the case of online literature brings it into your house without your having to venture out to the library or the bookshop. For links to online literature, check our section on virtual libraries. There you will find many of the literary works you are studying online. To list them individually on this page would be an impossible task. We have therefore limited our page to few examples. If you are interested in CD-ROMs dedicated to particular authors, one major publisher of literature-based CD-ROMs is Chadwyck-Healey. For more information on their products click here: ProQuest and Chadwyck Healey
Examples of digital authors
This includes all works by Dante as well as some other classic works read by Dante (e.g. Ovid's Metamorphoses and Virgil's Aeneid) and some secondary sources.
Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)
This includes images of pages from early editions of Dante's work.
Devoted to Francesco Petrarca in the occasion of the 7th centenary of his birth; it includes several sections such asPetrarca's works, Petrarca's library and the contents of all major periodicals on Petrarca.
This is a hypertextual edition of the Decameron as well as of Corbaccio and Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta.
This is a hypertextual edition of Boccaccio's Decameron edited by M. Picone.
This aims to promote the reading and understanding of the Discourse on the Dignity of Man (1486) by Pico dellaMirandola, presented in its first printed edition (Bologna 1496).
Promessi Sposi - Percorso Multimediale
This is an annotated edition of Manzoni’s masterpiece.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
This includes a vast collection of materials on Pasolini's life and works, including several documents about his trials.
Europeana provides access to over 50 million digitised items - books, music, artworks and more.