Subject Librarian:

Sarah G. Wenzel

This subject covers: fiction, drama, poetry, essays, writers, literary movements, and criticism; words, dictionaries, language study, linguistics, and writing.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Klapp-Online is a comprehensive survey of publications on French literature since 1956. It covers the years 1991-2012.
The Search interface is in English [click on the Union Jack icon], French, or German.

LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

Indexes, Other

AHCI covers arts, humanities, and area studies scholarship. Titles of foreign-language works are translated into English, and abstracts are given in English, thereby simplifying and standardizing searching across languages.

The IMB is an interdisciplinary guide to the study of the Middle Ages, the period 476-1500. Geographic coverage extends across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, covering resources in over 25 languages. Note: The IMB provides downloadable software to view and print non-English diacritics and special characters.
Also available in print in Wilson Reference D111 .I56x

Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


This link goes to the catalogs page. Start a search in either the Catalogue général or The Union Catalog of France (Catalogue Collectif de France/CCFr).

Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

Covers all subjects.

Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Begun in 1978, the complete contents are provided on line. The DLB features literary biographies written by recognized literary scholars and critics. Entries feature profiles of past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights. Also included are essays on publishing houses and literary topics.

This product includes ten core literature reference series (Contemporary Literary Criticism, 20th Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Classical and Mediaeval Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children's Literature Review).


A simple French-English dictionary (about 75,000 terms) from the ARTFL database.

A bi-lingual online dictionary, which contains the complete text of the Collins Robert French-English, English-French Dictionary, Unabridged

The largest French dictionary available. Contains all the conjugations of all the verbs, feminine and plural forms, etymology, nuances of use, quotations, and more.


contains over 3,000 high-frequency cultural-linguistic references found in the press and in idiomatic oral French. This dictionary also serves as a familiar-quotations reference source and a cultural dictionary of the French language.
<Note: access is limited to one user at a time. If turned away more than once, notify

Introductory articles on 3000 works of literature from the middle ages to the 1990s

Seven print volumes to date: t. 1. Des origines a? 1900.--t. 2. 1900-1939.--t. 3. 1940-1959.--t. 4. 1960-1969.--t. 5. 1970-1975.--t. 6. 1976-1980 -- t.7. 1981-1985 -- t.8. 1986-1990
Volume 1 is also available on line at:

Handbooks and Manuals

Introduction to Library Research in French Literature

Manuel bibliographique des etudes literaires:

A guide to 3,400 reference works on French literature.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language.

"mille trésors de la Bibliothèque nationale de France" The BnF's digital archive features high-resolution digital images of manuscripts, documents, books, art works and other graphics, photos of physical objects from antiquity to the early 20th century, and audio-visual files.

Gateways & Megasites

Provides an excellent interdisciplinary introduction to French-speaking Africa through the variety of its contents: generalist sites, continental press, references by country, music, art, literature, research centers, commercial sites, and associations.

Part of the French Studies Web on the Western European Studies Section's main web page.

"The French Studies Web provides annotated links to scholarly web resources and includes sites of particular interest to librarians specializing in Western Europe. It does not strive for exhaustiveness. Where possible, links to high-quality, scholarly meta-sites are given."

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Research Guides

Compiled for emerging scholars and others who wish to improve their writing skills and understand the dynamics of producing a manuscript. It features essays by scholars from broad spectrum of disciplines and countries.

Style Manuals

The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources. The Libraries have access to 16th and 17th editions.

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