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Primary Resources for French Studies: Newspapers and Periodicals as Primary Sources

This is a guide for finding primary sources about France/the French, including Special Collections' French Monarchy Collection.

Newspapers and Periodicals as Primary Sources

Alphabetical list.

Europeana Research [Newspapers]

Full Text from digitised newspapers from the National Library of France. 20 different titles are featured; the time span for each title can be seen on The European Library newspapers portal. The text for each title is available as a zip file. Each zip file is then organised by year, and the text (in the json format) is within each folder, along with issue level metadata. Title-level metadata is available in the root of the zip file for each issue.

Historical Newspapers Online: Europe

A research guide from Bowling Green State University Library in Ohio with links to freely available newspapers online for Europe, arranged by country.  Scroll down not quite half way and look for France on the left.

Le Monde, 1944-2000

Le Monde, one of the greatest contemporary French newspapers, with a center left stance but noted for its political independence, began at the instigation of Charles De Gaulle in 1944.  It is also noted for balanced coverage, deep analysis of historical events, and adherence to high intellectual and journalistic standards.  Coverage begins online spring, 2021 with 1944-1980. MSU Libraries owns microfilm (set 1600 in Remote Storage) for 1956 and 1965-1980.

Le Monde Diplomatique. French periodical devoted to international relations and diplomacy. Current issues available via Factiva. back issues since June, 1997 in Remote Storage Oversize at JX 3 .M65.



Website launched by Bibliotheque Nationale de France.  Makes available over 15 million newspaper articles from three centuries.  Search in broad categories: arts, catastrophes, conflicts/international relations, economics, education, justice, media, politics, religion, health, sciences, society, sports/leisure.

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