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French Studies

Some useful resources for French Studies are listed below.

Academic Search Complete

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Description: The Academic Search Complete multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 8,500 journals, including full text for more than  7,300 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
Coverage: 1887-present.

 

ARTFL-FRANTEXT

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Description: ARTFL-FRANTEXT is the main database of the ARTFL Project (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language). It consists of over 3500 transcribed texts ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing from the 12th to the 20th century. Genres include novels, poetry, theatre, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy. In most cases standard scholarly editions were used in converting the text into machine-readable form, and the data contain page references to these editions.

 

ArticleFirst

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Description: Indexes 13,000 journals in all disciplines. Many, but not all, records include an abstract. Now includes tables of contents, previously provided by the ContentsFirst service.
Coverage: 1990 to present.

 

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Description: Part of Web of Science Core Collection. A multidisciplinary index containing details of every substantive item in 1,200 arts and humanities journals, as well as references to books included in book reviews, and live performances, films, records, and television and radio broadcasts. Contains over 2 million references.
Coverage: 1906 - present.

 

Beckett Digital Library

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Description: The BDL is a digital reconstruction of Samuel Beckett's personal library, based on the volumes preserved at his apartment in Paris which currently houses 760 extant volumes and 248 virtual entries. The BDL module, being part of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project,  contains scans of book covers, title pages, all pages with reading traces, flyleaves, colophons, tables of contents, indexes and inserts of various kinds. In addition to facsimiles, it also offers transcriptions of readings traces and links to Beckett's manuscripts. The module is both browsable and full text searchable. The BDL is accompanied by a monograph (Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon, Samuel Beckett's Library, Cambridge UP, 2013) which can be found in DiscoverEd.

 

CAIRN

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Description: CAIRN offers online access to the full text of over 400 journals in French language published in France and Belgium since 2001, in the subjects of humanities and social sciences. There are also several thousand abstracts and hundreds of full-text articles in English which are either originally published in English or translated from French.

 

Dictionnaire historique et critique

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Description: This is the online version of the 5th edition (1740) of Pierre Bayle's Dictionnaire historique et critique. It comprises four folio volumes (719, 915, 831 and 804 pages per volume). In addition to the text of the Dictionnaire proper (text and notes), the work includes numerous auxiliary pieces. This database is part of the ARTFL Project.

 

Early European Books Online

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Description:

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.

Cross searchable with Early English Books Online on the Early Modern Books platform.

Coverage: Over 30,000 e-books. The University of Edinburgh has access to Collection 1 - 4 and the Wellcome Trust collection. Further details can be found at http://proquest.libguides.com/eeb

 

Early Modern Books

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Description:

An integrated search across both Early English Books Online and Early European Books.

Early Modern Books covers material from the British Isles and Europe for the period 1450-1700. An integrated search across both Early English Books Online and Early European Books allows scholars to view materials from over 225 source libraries worldwide. EEBO's content draws on authoritative short-title catalogues of the period and features many text transcriptions specially created for the product. Content from Europe covers the curated Early European Books Collections from 4 national libraries and London's Wellcome Library.

 

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Description: Contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published during the 18th Century, covering a range of subjects including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science. The full text of the collection is searchable, from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements.
Coverage: 18th Century.

 

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Description: The Eighteenth Century Journals portal consists of five Sections, containing digitised images of about 270 rare journals printed between c1685 and 1835. Topics cover a very wide range of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life, including: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion, etc. Many of these journal are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. The publisher suggests that all of the titles in this portal have been carefully screened against other eighteenth century e-resources to ensure that there is minimal overlap. Resources checked include Early English Books Online (EEBO); Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), The Burney Newspaper Collection, and British Periodicals (1680s to 1930s), all of which are in our Database list.
Coverage: 1685-1835

 

Electronic Enlightenment

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Description: This scholarly research project of the University of Oxford Humanities Division provides online access to correspondence between 18th-century thinkers and writers, from over 70,000 historical documents.

 

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

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Description: 2005, second edition covers comprehensively the fundamental linguistic disciplines, with their applications to the study of language and other related disciplines. The online version supplements the written text with additional illustrative material, samples of spoken language or signed langague and videos of the use of language in context.

 

Ethnologue : Languages of the World

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Description An authoritative resource that brings together more data than any other resource of its kind, Ethnologue contains the profiles of the current 7,099 living languages of the world.  Regularly updated, Ethnologue provides in depth information covering the number of speakers of languages, location, dialects, usage statistics, linguistic affiliations and autonyms. In addition to living languages, Ethnologue also contains data on languages which have gone out of use since the first appearance of the publication 66 years ago.

 

European Sources Online

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Description: European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders.

 

Europeana

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Description: Funded by the European Commission, the Europeana portal provides access to millions of digitised books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records from all over Europe. Use Europeana to explore major European collections including collections from Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library and the Louvre as well as regional archives and local museums from every member of the EU.

 

EUscreen

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Description: The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that focus on everyday experience

 

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Description: Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. FRANCIS is strong in religion, the history of art, and literature, with particular emphasis on current trends in European and world literature. Produced by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Getty Information Institute; updated monthly.
Coverage: 1984 to date.

 

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Description: The ARTFL Project's French Women Writers (FWW) Project is a searchable database containing over 158 full-text works by French women authors from the 16th to the 20th century. For titles and general publication information, please consult the database bibliography.

 

Gale Literary Sources

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Description:

Gale Literary Sources brings together several of Gale’s literary databases into one seamlessly cross-searchable resource on authors and their works, literary movements or genres, journal articles, literary criticism, as well as reviews of bestsellers. Currently users can cross-search these collections with Gale Literary Sources:

  • Literature Criticism Online, one of the largest, most extensive compilations of literary commentary available.
  • Literature Resources Center, offering up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.
  • LitFinder, containing a wealth of literary works, including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
  • Scribner Writers Series, providing original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods.
  • Twayne's Authors Series, devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.
Coverage: For details of the above named collections - click here.
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Access information: Freely available
Description: Bibliotheque Nationale de France and partners' full-text collections. Two million items from books, periodicals, maps, scores, images, sound recordings manuscripts.

 

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Description: This is the digitised image version of the 20th edition of Louis Moreri’s Grand dictionnaire historique (Paris: Les libraires associes, 1759). The work was regarded as predecessor to modern encyclopaedias. This database is part of the ARTFL Project

 

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Description: The online version of one of the most comprehensive bilingual dictionaries between English and French. It contains over 50,000 words and expressions giving access to over one million translations. It also includes a large number of compound words and abbreviations which are not available in the printed edition.

 

Historical Texts

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Description:

Historical Texts brings together four historically significant collections into a single database search platform: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century Collection and the UK Medical Heritage Library collection (UKMHL). For descriptions of and alternative access to EEBO and ECCO, see their separate entries in this Database A-Z list. The British Library 19th Century Collection offers over 65,000 recently digitised editions during 1789-1914, many of which are previously rare and inaccessible titles. The UK Medical Heritage Library collection (1800-1900’s) contains the images and full text of over 66,000 19th century European medical publications. The UKMHL visualisations are available on a separate platform

Coverage: 1473 to early 1910s

 

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Description: Covers articles published in journals and in miscellany volumes. All subjects relating to the Middle Ages are included, within the date range 300-1500 AD. Geographical areas covered are Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

 

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Description: This database is part of the ARTFL Project. This is the online text version of the Journal de Trevoux, or Memoires pour l'Histoire des Sciences & des Beaux-Arts,Memoires pour l'Histoire des Sciences & des Beaux-Arts. The journal was one of the most influential and controversial 18th century French periodicals, dealing with almost every discipline of knowledge: Grammar, Rhetoric, Sacred and Profane Philology, Religious, Ancient, Modern and Literary History, Moral Theology, Law (French and Ecclesiastic), Philosophy, Political Economics, Physics, Mathematics, Natural History, Astronomy, Fine Arts and to a lesser extent, Poetry and Drama. The print original consisted of 878 volumes and published monthly from January 1701 to December 1767. Currently, the ARTFL Project’s online version provides 109 volumes, 1751-1758. More volumes will be added as the project progresses.

 

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Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive.
  Each title is listed in DiscoverED.
Coverage

The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1-15; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland, Lives of Literature, Life Sciences. 

The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.  Userguides to the various collections can be found at https://guides.jstor.org

 

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Description:

Literature Online is a very comprehensive, integrated library of thousands of primary literary texts, literary criticism and reference resources. The Core Collection provides access to the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama, and prose in English from the eighth century to the present day, and from throughout the English-speaking world. Authors writing in any language who are featured in criticism or reference materials are also indexed. Therefore about 2,000 authors of over 100 different nationalities are covered. Literature Online also contains over 400 full-text scholarly journals from the field of literary and cultural studies, as well as 17 literary dictionaries or encyclopaedias, and important bibliographies like MLA and ABELL. The Video and Audio section provides 880 clips of poets reading their own or other poets' works, as well as fully dramatized audio recordings of Shakespeare's 38 plays.

Apart from the Core Collection, we also have access to African Writers Series, Black Writing Collection and World Literature Collection.

Userguide http://proquest.libguides.com/lion

 

MLA International Bibliography

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Description: Citations to critical documents on literature, language, linguistics and folklore from over 4,400 journals and series and over 1000 book publishers. Also covers monographs, reference works and collections, including working papers, conference papers and proceedings.  Coverage includes literature from all over the world--Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Folklore is represented by folk literature, music, art, rituals, and belief systems. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing.  A userguide available from https://www.mla.org/Publications/MLA-International-Bibliography/Tutorial-Videos/EBSCO-Tutorial-Videos
Coverage: Over 2.5 million records from 1926 to date.  Updated 9 times per year with over 66,000 records added annually.

 

Le Monde

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Description: One of France's leading newspapers.
Coverage:

Full text from January 1987.

Access to certain freelance articles and other features within this publication (e.g. photographs, classifieds, etc.) may not be available.

Alternative Access:

Print copies - current 2 months Main Library Level 4. 

Le Monde website provides free access to some content at https://www.lemonde.fr

 

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: The Corvey Collection of European Literature, 1790-1840

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Description:

As part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), this unique collection of monographs includes 7,717 works in English, 6,504 in French and 3,640 in German published in Britain and on the Continent during the Romantic period and the early Victoria era. Sourced from Castle Corvey in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Corvey Collection is one of the most important collections of works from the period in existence, with particular strength in especially difficult-to-find or even previously unknown works – by women writers in particular. The collection’s vast archive of materials documents the nature and scope of literary publication in England and on the Continent during the Romantic period and the early years of the Victorian era. Scholars can research and explore a range of topics, including Romantic literary genres; mutual influences of British, French and German Romanticism; literary culture; women writers of the period; the canon and Romantic aesthetics.

Coverage:

1790-1840

 

Nineteenth Century Index

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Description: C19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC), The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index, Periodicals Index Online and the Cumulative Index to Niles' Register 1811–1849 to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.7 million books and official publications, 70,000 archival collections and 22.7 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 13 bibliographic indexes, including more than three million records from British Periodicals Collections I and II, together with the expanded online edition of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (DNCJ).

 

Oxford Language Dictionaries

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Coverage: The following dictionaries are available: Arabic/English, English/Arabic, Chinese/English, English/Chinese, French/English, English/French; German/English, English/German; Spanish/English, English/Spanish; Italian/English, English/Italian, Russian/English, English/Russian.

 

Periodicals Archive Online

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Description: An archival databases of digitised journal backfiles in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Periodicals Archive Online covers 37 subject categories, in a number of languages.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 2000.

 

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Description: A database of journal articles citations in the arts, humanities and social sciences. covers 37 subject categories, in 44 languages and dialects.
Coverage: From journal first issue up to 1995.

 

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Description: The 2010 online edition of Paul Robert's popular French dictionary Le Nouveau Petit Robert De La Langue Francaise which was first published in 1967. The Dictionary contains 60,000 word entries with 300,000 definitions illustrated by examples. 1,240 author biographical references. It also includes idioms, homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, and hundreds of citations. Updated annually.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus. there are currently some problems with access to Project Muse. To ensure full access, once onto the site click the Login link. Then under the Federations heading choose UK Federation (United Kingdom). Scroll through list and click on University of Edinburgh.
Description: Provides access to almost 600 full text journals from 30 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Note: There is no subscription to the e-books, the only e-books available are the open access titles.

 

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Description: The database is part of the ARTFL Project. It contains 38 works of French poetry from the 12th and 13th centuries.

 

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Description: The database is part of the ARTFL Project. It contains transcribed texts of 103 Old French and Middle French works from the 12th through 15th century

 

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Description: Global database containing tens of millions of bibliographic records on all subjects from 1000 A.D. to date, for all types of material catalogued by libraries, including books and digital resources, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, manuscripts, films, videos. No abstracts.