||French Literature & Civilization
Reference Sources (Background)
Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought (2004)
Ref DC 33.7 .E55 2004
Entries include both biographies and topics.
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.
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
Ref DC 33.2 .M44 1995
Covers 5th to late 15th centuries, with references.
Le Petit Larousse
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.
of Congress Classifications for French are:
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)
ISI database through FirstSearch.
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.
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.-
French Resources on the Web
Sweet Briar College
and Culture of Francophone Africa and the Diaspora
Brown University Library
(search engine for French sites)
(full text of 6,000 French poems)
Quartier francais du village planetaire
University of Richmond
of Virginia's Electronic Text Center
(French language resources)
of the Shuttle
(site for humanities research)
(search engine for French sites)
Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)
Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)
Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)
a List of Works Cited in Your Paper(Duke University
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.
automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or