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If you're just starting out as a French student and need to learn the background or fundamentals, the following can help:
To search all of Schewe's databases, use the following:
To search databases that have considerable amounts of French content in them, consider the following:
Google Scholar in French
A French-language search of Google Scholar. Contains a variety of full-text articles and books in French.
Open Edition in French
Open Edition contains a variety of open-access articles, books, and reviews in French. Just search away!
Project Gutenberg in French
This database has a variety of fiction and other books in the French language.
MLA International Bibliography
This modern languages database indexes over 2.2 millions books, articles and websites having to do with modern languages, literature, linguistics and folklore. No direct full-text, but provides many links to external full-text content.
Literature Resource Center (Gale)
The literature database provides the world's most comprehensive collection of information about literature and authors. Includes full-text coverage of over 350 scholarly journals and literary magazines. Also includes critical essays, author bios and book reviews.
Here are some searches that will get you a variety of French books:
Here are some classic French novels that French majors should be familiar with:
You can find reliable and high-quality videos on a variety of topics below:
You can find reliable and high-quality French videos on the following topics:
Here are some websites which might be helpful for a French student:
A satirical and deeply iconoclastic French magazine. Great for learning some colloquialisms. Navigable in both English and French.
As per the website: "[contains almost 60 million objects] from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives." Navigable in English and French.
France 24 Online
A quality news source devoted to coverage of world news from a French perspective. Ostensibly for French citizens living abroad.
The digital library for the National Library of France (Bibliothèque Nationale Francais). Great content and navigable in both English and French.
Google Arts and Culture: France
A database featuring digitized images from French museum collections, tours of historic sites, and stories of French art and culture.
A hugely influential daily French newspaper. You can read the current stuff for free, but back issues are available only with a subscription.
The New York Times - French & France
A search that will get you the most recent New York Times articles about France and the French.
Québec National Library & Archives (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec)
Contains a variety of media and collections pertaining to Québec. Navigable in both English and French.
For help citing materials, click below:
For help citing in the MLA format, which is often used in French, consider using Schewe Library's MLA citation guide:
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