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France: Getting Started: Home

This guide points the researcher to the primary index(es) needed to find articles on a topic. Use it to find a few KEY resources to get started in your research. It will be most useful for history, literature, or language topics.

Periodical Indexes

Reference Works

Cambridge History of French Literature.  Main PQ 103 .C26 2011

New Oxford Companion to Literature in French.  Main Library Reference PQ 41 .N48 1995. 

History reference works are in Main Library Reference DC section.  Or, use resources in Oxford Reference Online.

French Language Dictionaries is a guide to French, French-English, and English-French dictionaries and other word books in our collection. Or, use Oxford Reference Online Bilingual Dictionaries Section.

Annee Politique, Economique et Sociale.  Main DC 398 .A6.  This is an annual in French that provides information and primary sources about what has happened in France, in the European Union countries, and in other countries around the world, in the spheres of politics, economics and society, from 1979 to the present. 

Modern France a Very Short Introduction Main DC 226.3 .R377 2013

There are a number of subject/research guides here.

Free Web Sites

France Diplomatie   Provides information about foreign policy, current news in France, visiting France, useful addresses, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

News in Translation.  This is a subject guide by M.S.U. librarians pointing the way to news information in original languages with "automated instantaneous machine translation" options into English and other languages.

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