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French language & literature resources
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This research guide identifies basic reference print and electronic resources for the study of French language and literature.

Good starting places

Generally, the first step in researching an author or literary topic is to do a preliminary (or more thorough) search in the following databases:

Specialized Resources for French Literature

  • The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French
    "Presents an authoritative guide not only to ten centuries of literature produced in the territory now called France, but also to the rich literary output of other French-speaking countries around the world."
    "Persee is a national digitization project of French academic journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Persee provides full text access in pdf format to some of the most prestigious French journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences."
  • ARTFL Project
    A full-text database of classical French writings, including literary works, political tracts, philosophical writings, and technical treatises.

Digitized French Primary Source Material

  • Gallica
    Begun in 1997 as the major digitization project at the Bibliothque Nationale de France, Gallica includes full-text of over 100,000 volumes and 300,000 images covering the Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on nineteen
  • French Women Writers
    99 works by French women authors from the 16th to the 20th century.
  • The ARTFL Encyclopédie
    "A complete on-line version of the first edition of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedie."
  • ABU : la Bibliothèque Universelle

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