Italian Studies

This guide has links to helpful resources about Italian language, literature, and cultural studies.

Welcome to the Library Guide for Italian Studies!

We hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research in Italian Studies. We have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty involved in Italian Studies.

Feel free to contact Karen by email or by telephone if you have a question about library services or you need some help finding resources. She is also available by appointment to conduct research workshops for classes, or to assist individual students and faculty with research related to Italian Studies.

Faculty are invited to contact Prof. Holley to suggest specific items for purchase that address curriculum, teaching, or research needs.


Karen Liston and Robert Holley


Karen Liston, A.M.L.S.
Public Services Librarian III
Liaison for Near Eastern, Asian, German & Slavic Studies,
English Language Learning and Interlibrary Loan
134 Purdy Kresge Library
5265 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202

(313) 577-5596
(313) 577-3436 (fax)


Robert Holley
Professor, School of Library and Information Science
106 Kresge Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

(888) 497-8754 x705
(313) 577-7563 (fax)


ITA 6900, Fall 2016

What is an Artist's Book?

According to the Smithsonian Libraries, "An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration." (


Photo of Book Art by Greta Scholtz

Pinterest Boards of Book Art:

Book with insects flying from the center, many dimensional scenes

Dogs made from printed pages

Dimensional scenes, trees, birds

Folded pages, patterns, designs

Whimsical, drawing and painting on text

Items made from printed pages – flowers, birds, and origami

Photo of Sedge by Judy Barrass Artist Book

Selected Artists' Books by Judy Barrass:

Pinterest Boards of Handmade and Artists’ Books:

Liaison Librarian

Karen Liston
(313) 577-5596

134 Purdy/Kresge Library
5265 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

Reference Desk Hours:
Mondays & Thursdays 12 - 3 pm
Wednesdays 11am - 1 pm

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Reference Desks

Undergraduate (UGL): 313-577-8852
Purdy/Kresge: 313-577-6423
Arthur Neef Law: 313-577-6180
Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094

Departmental Information

Italian Studies are offered through the Romance Languages Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures