THE INTERNET FOR BIBLIOGRAPHIC
publishing houses have sites that provide comprehensive descriptions of
the books they have published that are still in print. For books still in
print, another important online source comes to mind. Amazon [http://www.amazon.com]
is a large dealer with websites available in different languages for
different markets (such as the
those books no longer in print, catalogues from antique bookstores can be
extremely useful. These catalogues can be helpful for discovering new
titles or editions of known works published in a language different from
the original. Many of these catalogues are available on the Internet.
private sites can be particularly useful in the search for out of print
books or for information concerning them. For example, AbeBooks [http://www.abebooks.com]
is one of the biggest online marketplace for books and lists over 100
million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. At July 2007, more than
13,500 booksellers from 57 countries had listed their books on the
AbeBooks site. In some cases, details or a short description of the book
is provided. As well, Mare Magnum Librorum [http://www.maremagnum.com]
presents a catalogue of catalogues of antique bookstores. Different
versions of the site are available in different languages (Italian
[http://www.bookfinder.com] is a
search engine for many catalogues of online bookstores, including several
less known sources. Other consortiums of book dealers include alibris.
e-Bay [http://www.ebay.com] is the most
famous site for online auctions. Many books are traded daily through this
service. Sometime it can be a source for discovery (and for convenient
purchase, of course) of books written by diplomats. This service is a
particularly effective outlet for American and English book dealers.
books not written in English, local online stores often have websites
available. For instance, Internet Bookshop Italia [http://www.internetbookshop.it],
Libreria Universitaria [http://www.unilibro.it],
and BOL - Mondolibri [http://www.bol.it]
have all been very useful for this study.
public sources, national libraries are the best starting point, although
sometimes access is limited. The online catalogues of national libraries
can provide information regarding new titles of given authors. For
example, for this study the investigators searched the names of all
Italian diplomats using the online facility of the Italian bibliographic
system of national libraries [Sistema bibliografico nazionale at http://www.sbn.it].
The Italian national library system catalogue links to a thousand Italian
libraries and has access to some 4.5 million bibliographic records.
of the biggest libraries for research in international affairs is the
Library of Congress in
searching for the publications of diplomats, it is always useful to search
the personal websites of diplomats. Although the number of personal
websites of Italian diplomats is limited, they are generally dedicated to
the publications or other activities of the author. We list a few:
Stefano Baldi - http://www.stefanobaldi.org
Baistrocchi - http://www.massimo-baistrocchi.com
Pasquale Baldocci - http://baldi.diplomacy.edu/baldocci
Brasioli – http://www.diegobrasioli.net
Roberto Toscano - http://www.robertotoscano.org
Edgardo Sogno - http://www.sogno.org
We make one last, but extremely important observation. Although the Internet is a very useful tool for bibliographic study, libraries remain the best place to search for information. This is proven by the many hours that we spent in the Library of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, containing some 200,000 volumes devoted to international affairs.
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