Resources by Subject French Literature & Civilization
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Reference Sources

Finding Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought (2004)
Ref DC 33.7 .E55 2004
Entries include both biographies and topics.

French Studies Web: Reference Shelf
Western European Studies Section of ACRL.

Guide to French Literature (1992-1994, 2 volumes)
Ref PQ 226 .L48
Volume 1: Beginnings to 1789
Volume 2: 1789 to the Present.
Life and works format.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to critical analyses and biographical information on more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, and other writers from around the world. Search by author, title, genre, literary movement and literary theme. Includes full-text of several reference sources.

Medieval France: An Encyclopedia (1995)
Ref DC 33.2 .M44 1995
Covers 5th to late 15th centuries, with references.

Le Petit Larousse (2001)
Ref AG 25 .P48 2001
A one-volume dictionary and encyclopedia, in French.

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French (1995)
Ref PQ 41 .N48 1995
Presents a good one-volume overview of authors, themes, periods.
French encyclopedia site.

Finding Books

The Library of Congress Classifications for French are:

DC French history
PC 2001-3761 French linguistics
PQ 1-3999 French literature

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Arts and Humanities (AH Search)(1980-present, citation only)
ISI database through FirstSearch.

Academic Search Complete

MLA International Bibliography (1925-present, citation only)
Modern Language Association of America's database of critical scholarship.
Full text of some French/English journals, project of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, among others.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Images

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


Lehman College

Howard University

HAPAX: French Resources on the Web
Sweet Briar College

(online magazine)

Literature and Culture of Francophone Africa and the Diaspora
Brown University Library

(search engine for French sites)

Paris Match
(online magazine)

Poesie francais
(full text of 6,000 French poems)

Le Quartier francais du village planetaire
University of Richmond

University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center
(French language resources)

Voice of the Shuttle
(site for humanities research)

Yahoo! France
(search engine for French sites)

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper(Duke University Libraries)
Choose the type of source you want to cite to see examples in MLA, APA, Chicago and other styles.

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.


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