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France: History and Literature: Indexes to Articles

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

Indexes to Articles

We use indexes to obtain access to journal articles and thesesBelow is a list of indexes useful for finding scholarly journal articles in French history, language, and literature.

After identifying the article(s) you want in  an index, there will either be links to the full-text(s) or you will need to look up the title of the periodical(s) in our online catalog to obtain the call number of the paper copy and/or look in the E journals list by the title of the periodical(s) to obtain the link to our online version.

To find dissertations/theses use ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, link below in the indexes list.  You will want to know whether anyone has done a thesis or dissertation on a topic related to yours and to study their bibliography.  Sometimes we can borrow dissertations/theses on interlibrary loan.  ProQuest also has a program whereby you can purchase a copy.  Look for directions in the web site. 

We have a special library research guide, Finding Dissertations and Theses that has a section on the lower left side about finding dissertations done at some universities in other countries.

Atelier National de Reproduction de Theses (ANRT)

The French Atelier National de Réproduction des Thèses (ANRT), the national reproduction centre for PhD theses, was a public body under the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research until 2017. The ANRT mandate was to archive French PhD theses and to disseminate them in the academic network of university libraries, It was attached as a service to the University of Lille III and located on the Lille III campus at Villeneuve-d'Ascq, in Northern France. In 2018, ANRT became a digitization unit of the academic library of the new University of Lille.

Systeme Universitaire de Documentation (Sudoc)

This is a shared database used by the libraries of universities and other higher education institutions in France. It identifies, tracks and manages the documents which they hold. The SUDOC online catalog has more than 10 million references. It allows students and researchers to find bibliographical and location information in over 3,400 document centers. It is maintained by the Agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur (Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education).  It includes theses in history back to about 1972.

Contains theses defended in France from 1985 to present and theses in progress.



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