Selected Resources for: French Language and Literature

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Gordon Anderson

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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

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.

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

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

LitFINDER provides either the full text or a citation to a print source in which to read any of 125,000 poems, 5000 stories, 2800 essays, 1000 plays, and 1800 speeches, with new material added regularly.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Libraries OneSearch allows you to search across several library databases simultaneously. OneSearch will be retired at the end of 2014. Use MNCAT Discovery, which is a better integrated successor to OneSearch.

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

A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Provides complete biographical and bibliographical references for more than 100,000 authors in the U.S. and around the world.

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).


Dictionaries

Completely updated to include the very latest vocabulary, the Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary offers authoritative coverage. Brand-new features include cultural notes on life in the French-speaking world. Jean-Benoit Ormal-Grenon and Natalie Pomier are highly experienced bilingual lexicographers.

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.


Encyclopedias

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 ganderso@umn.edu.

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

Seven print volumes to date: t. 1. Des origines à 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. Volume1 is also available on line at: http://services.banq.qc.ca/sdx/DOLQ/


General Reference Works

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism provides 226 alphabetically arranged entries on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Each entry includes a selective primary and secondary bibliography with extensive cross-referencing with hyperlinks.


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. A detailed description of Gallica's contents can be found at http://gallicadossiers.bnf.fr/Anthologie/


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."


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

A project by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France to digitize documents from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The journals are mostly older classic journals from the 1700's through the first quarter of the 20th century. Both French and premier foreign journals are included. Notable titles include Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Sances de l'Acadamie des Sciences, Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin, Journal fur Praktische Chemie, Annalen der Physik, and more. When looking for titles in this full-text resource, check carefully for years of coverage. Also, some titles contain spelling errors which can make them difficult to find.


Journal Titles

Online resource offering full text access to e-books and e-journal articles predominantly in Italian but also in English, French, Spanish, and a few other European languages


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


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.

"This Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics. Describes and evaluates important bibliographies, abstracts, surveys of research, indexes, databases, catalogs, general histories and surveys, annals, chronologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks."


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.


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