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France: History and Literature: Electronic Resources

Use this guide to research topics in French history and literature.

Electronic Resources

On the Libraries' Home Page, in the Quick Links box on the left side, click on Electronic Resources.  In this part of our website are sections containing links to Indexes, Primary Sources, Data and Statistics, Media, E Books and E Journals,  Research Guides, and more.  One may also select each of these kinds of resources by subject discipline, or alphabetically by title, if known, using the boxes in the middle of the page.  Click on the down arrow by the subject browse box to see the list of subjects.  French literature e resources are under "Literature."  History or Western European Studies subjects might also be useful.  

We use indexes to obtain access to journal articles.  Primary sources are materials which provide first-hand evidence of an event, a person's life, or a historical period.  Primary sources in humanities and social sciences are like a scientist's raw laboratory data. They have not been edited or interpreted. 

Here is a list of the most used electronic resources for French history and literature:

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO Interface)

Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains millions of citations from journals and series, as well as book publishers.

Free Access to Pascal (Science) and Francis (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Do simple and advanced searches, classification searches (subject scheme),  on this now freely available database from the French Scientific Information Dept. of Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).  Francis is the database for social sciences and humanities materials.  Indexes materials in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish from journals, conference proceedings, dissertations.  Covers materials indexed in Francis from 1972-2015, 2 million items.  Do your search.  Then look up the journal name, conference, dissertation in our online catalog for access.  If we don't have it, request ILL.


This is an internet resource for finding "books in print information" for French published works.  Click on the blue "Livres" button in the site to search the books part of the database.

WESSWEB: French Studies

A portal that provides links to excellent, academically oriented resources in French studies.  Created and maintained by Western European studies librarians in North America.

HathiTrust Digital Library

Contains the books digitized by Google from the CIC/Big Ten university libraries, University of California system, many American East coast university libraries and others, Full texts with full text searchability for items published prior to 1923.  Also contains a catalog of the works included.  HT items are also present, individually, in the MSU LIbraries online catalog.

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