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A collection of research resources pertaining to language, literature, history, and culture.

For more assistance, contact: Elise Ferer, Liaison Librarian, 245-1085.

To access the Hugo Project, click Hugo Lecture 1.

Course Guides

French 246: Introduction aux cultures francophones

French 364: La littérature au secours de la crise: le cas haïtien

Contents

Language and Literature

Dictionaries and Grammars

The Library's collection of French dictionaries and grammar texts can be found in the Reference Stacks (the shelves near the newspapers) within this call number range: PQ 2000-3800.

Lexilogos - This site allows users to search several online dictionaries from one location and contains links to some specialized dictionaries, as well.

alphaDictionary - Use the WordReference Dictionary or choose from several pages of other online dictionaries and glossaries.

Le grand Robert de la langue française REF PC2625 .R552 2001 - A good French dictionary for exploring meanings, derivations, and usage information.

Le Bon usage : grammaire française REF PC2112 .G84 1993 - An advanced, comprehensive grammar.

French Grammar at About.com - A very thorough grammatical reference site.

Verb Conjugator - A useful site for review and reference.

Books

Dickinson Library Catalog - Note that, by using the drop-down menus, you can limit your search by language, format (useful for finding DVDs), and location (for instance, if you are looking for an encyclopedia, you might want to change the location to "Reference Stacks").

Books in the Library are shelved by call number in the Main and Reference Stacks (shelves). Most books dealing with the French language and French literature have call numbers within these ranges:

Language: PC 2000-3800
Literature: PQ 1-3999

Here are some Library Maps that show how the shelves are arranged.

Google Book Search - Particularly useful for tracking down quotations, Google Book Search is a tool that searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. Google Book Search allows public-domain works and other out-of-copyright material to be downloaded in PDF format.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Use the databases and indexes below to find scholarly articles on a variety of topics.

FRANCIS - This database provides multidisciplinary and multilingual coverage of humanities and social sciences. It is strong in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, religion, and sociology. About half of the articles in the database are in French.

MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association) - The premier scholarly index for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Literature Criticism Online - Contains a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres from the classical period to the present.

French XX bibliography REF PQ305 .F7 - An index listing books, articles, and book reviews concerned with French literature and cinema.

JSTOR - An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Primary Texts

Here are some collections of French literature.

Gallica - One of the largest digital libraries, Gallica offers free access to 90,000 digitized books (including pamphlets), over 80,000 images, and several hours of sound resources in the original French. The collection, digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, continues to grow and includes prestigious publications, dictionaries, and periodicals. It now provides extra features that allow users to create accounts so that they can store digital texts in folders they create and also “tag” documents the in the library.

Poésie française - An online archive containing over 6,000 poems from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.

ARTFL-FRANTEXT Database - A database consisting of nearly 2,000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction and technical writing.

ABU - A large collection of French literature compiled by l'Association des Bibliophiles Universels.

Bibliotheca Augustana - Bibliotheca Gallica - A collection of primary texts in French and several other languages.

IntraText Digital Library - A collection of primary texts in French and other modern and ancient languages.

Web Resources

Lexilogos - A large collection of reference resources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, images, and many others.

French.about.com - A collection of resources pertaining to language and culture.

Voice of the Shuttle - A huge collection of resources, arranged chronologically.

Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links - A large, unfortunately named collection of useful links, arranged by subject.

Fleursdumal.org - The definitive, digital publication of Baudelaire's poetry.

History and Culture

Encyclopedias

The Library's collection of French encyclopedias can be found in the Reference Stacks (the shelves near the newspapers) within the DC call number range.

Encyclopédie Hachette multimédia 2005 CD-Rom CD-ROM (see Circ Desk) AE25 .E54 2004 - A very good multimedia encyclopedia on CD-Rom.

Encyclopædia universalis REF AE25 .E3 - A good general encyclopedia.

Lexilogos - A large collection of reference resources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, images, and many others.

French Wikipedia - The French language version of this collaborative encyclopedia.

ARTFL Project - This online text archive contains several searchable encyclopedias.

Books

Dickinson Library Catalog - Note that, by using the drop-down menus, you can limit your search by language, format (useful for finding DVDs), and location (for instance, if you are looking for an encyclopedia, you might want to change the location to "Reference Stacks").

Books in the Library are shelved by call number in the Main and Reference Stacks (shelves). Most books dealing with French history and culture have call numbers within that begin with DC.

Here are some Library Maps that show how the shelves are arranged.

Google Book Search - Particularly useful for tracking down quotations, Google Book Search is a tool that searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database. Google Book Search allows public-domain works and other out-of-copyright material to be downloaded in PDF format.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Use the databases below to find scholarly articles on a variety of topics.

Historical Abstracts - Historical Abstracts covers materials treating all aspects of world history, except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present.

JSTOR - An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Newspaper Articles & Primary Source Documents

Detailed instructions for Prof. Laurent's seminars can be found here.

Francophone Newspapers - A long list of links to newspaper web sites.

Lexis Nexis-Academic Universe - This database is useful for finding foreign language newspaper articles. Limit your search by selecting "Major World Publications (Non-English)". Also, be careful to specify the correct date range.

World News Connection - A news translation service produced by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Service, a government agency which monitors and translates newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and official statements of foreign governments.

Gallica's Historical Newspaper Archives - Many periodical titles can be found here, but you can also search for specific newspaper titles by typing in a title and selecting "Périodique" under "Types de document" in order to find historical periodicals, such as these:

Francophone Magazines - A long list of links to magazine web sites.

EuroDocs - Western European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social, and cultural history. The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.

Film

Use the databases and indexes below to find scholarly articles pertaining to film.

French XX bibliography REF PQ305 .F7 - An index listing books, articles, and book reviews concerned with French literature and cinema.

Film Literature Index - Annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews, and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

Many of the films, themselves, can be found in the library catalog in DVD or videotape formats (click the links for browsable lists).

Art & Music

Grove Art Online - Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001). Grove Art offers ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 3,000 thumbnail art images and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools.

ARTstor - A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data.

ICON - Dickinson's virtual media center, ICON delivers collections of images and multimedia files created and organized by Dickinson faculty.

Naxos Music Library - A comprehensive collection of classical music available online. While listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database.

Web Resources

Lexilogos - A large collection of reference resources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, images, and many others.

French.about.com - A collection of resources pertaining to language and culture.

Voice of the Shuttle - A huge collection of resources, arranged chronologically.

Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links - A large, unfortunately named collection of useful links, arranged by subject.

Louvre Museum - Offers many impressive features, such as images from exhibitions, virtual tours, imaginary exhibitions, and databases for doing research.

Portail de la Statisque Publique Française - A French language statistics site.