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French Studies: Research Tools

A library research guide

Research Tools for French Studies

Archival Collections and Primary Sources

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The complete list of databases is available through the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

 

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Article Indexes and Databases

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Bibliographies and Subject Guides

Selected lists of materials in any format organized around a common theme or topic.

 

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Book Reviews

The library databases for this grouping index publications mostly from Europe and the U.S. MLA, Cairn, Historical Abstracts, and Periodicals Index Online are also good article databases for locating discipline-specific reviews in French or Francophone studies as are specific journals like The French Review or French Studies.

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Some sources to peruse for new French publications include:

Dissertations and Theses

Find dissertations by searching Proquest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT), which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

For more extensive indexing of doctoral dissertations and theses from Western Europe, here are a few other resources to consult:

French Libraries and Catalogs

Catalogs and guides to books, periodicals, and other materials in not only French libraries and archives but also other important collections worldwide.

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News Databases, Indexes and Web Sites

Listings (may include abstracts or full text) of articles in newspapers, newsmagazines, broadcast news transcripts or wire services. Also includes web sites of these media, or directories of such sites.

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