Key electronic resources
The key electronic resources for French provide access to secondary critical literature, such as journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertations, as well as to electronic primary sources and to key reference materials. Particularly recommended are the MLA International Bibliography (secondary sources), FranText (textual analysis), CAIRN (French language journals) and Le Robert (online bilingual and monolingual dictionaries).
Online help and support
Training materials and guides
Support materials, guides and videos to help you search the literature and get to the full text.
If you would like some help finding literature for French, or managing your citations and reference lists, please contact kate dot courage at warwick dot ac dot uk, the Academic Support Librarian for French. To get some help starting out on a literature search, see our video tutorials (right) on developing a search strategy and getting to the full text, or the printed guides (below).
- Developing a search strategy - choosing keywords and synonyms
- Developing a search strategy - combining search terms
- Getting to the full text - using WebBridge to access full text
Guides to specific databases
Find books and journals
See our tutorials on finding books and journals from your reading list.
Support with using the Marandet Collection. This comprises digitised copies of over 360 French popular plays from 1700-1830. The full physical collection is around 4,000 plays, from 1700-1900, and is housed in the Modern Records Centre.
Browsing and viewing
Freely available websites, catalogues, databases and digital collections.
- Catalogue collectif de France - combines the catalogues of the Bibliothèque Nationale, the universities (SUDOC) and public libraries
- European Library - an online portal offering quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries
- Europeana - multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections
- French Studies Web - designed to provide access to scholarly resources in French Studies. The resources organized here have undergone a selection and evaluation process
- Internet Archive - an archive of digital items, including texts, audio and moving images, to give permanent access for researchers, scholars, and the general public
- Liverpool Online Series - critical editions of French texts
- Mandragore - tens of thousands of digitised manuscripts from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, from ancient to modern
- Marandet Collection - digitised copies of over 360 French popular plays from 1700-1830. The full physical collection is around 4,000 plays, from 1700-1900, and is housed in the Modern Records Centre.
- Warwick University French Studies website
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