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Newspaper and Magazine Articles

PressReader Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
Provides same-day, full-content access to over 500 French-language periodicals.

Indexes and Databases

MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
1926–present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
ARTFL Restricted Resource
Collection of primary source texts from France including Diderot's Encyclopédie. Founded in 1982 as a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, the ARTFL Project contains more than 3,500 French-language texts from the 12th through 20th centuries.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Restricted Resource
Subjects covered include the nature, use, and teaching of language as well as linguistics, phonetics, speech, communication, sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, hearing and speech physiology, and related topics.
Index Islamicus Restricted Resource
1906–present. International bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literatures.
Humanities Source Restricted Resource
Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indexes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations.
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Restricted Resource
Digital repository of resources for the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400–1700), with some full text available. Contains journal citations, e-books, reviews, a finding list of Renaissance humanistic manuscripts, and more.
ATLA Religion Database Restricted Resource
1949–present. Covers religious and theological scholarship in over a thousand international journals and 14,000 multi-author works.
Philosopher's Index Restricted Resource
1940–present. Indexes books and journals in all areas of philosophy, including aesthetics, bioethics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, social & political philosophy, and the philosophy of education, history, language, law, religion, and science.
Film & Television Literature Index Restricted Resource
Covers film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes full text of more than 90 journals and indexing for more than 600 publications.
Bibliography of the History of Art
1975–2007. Index and abstracts (in French or English) of the literature on European and American art from late antiquity to the present, covering over 1,200 journals. Freely available from the Getty Research Institute.
ARTbibliographies Modern Restricted Resource
Online bibliographical database providing full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Bibliographie der Französischen Literaturwissenschaft
Print Location: 1st Floor Z2171 .K55
A comprehensive annual bibliography of Western-language materials about French language and literature.
RILM: Abstracts of Music Literature Restricted Resource
1967–present. Comprehensive database to scholarly literature on music. Indexes articles, bibliographies, books, catalogues, conference proceedings, critical commentaries to complete works, dissertations, electronic resources, ethnographic recordings and videos, festschriften, iconographies, reviews, and more. Particularly strong for classical music. For popular music publications, see Academic Search Premier.
Le Monde
1944 to the present


Middle Eastern & North African Newspapers
1902–1972. Open-access collection of 15 newspapers from the Middle East and North Africa, primarily in Arabic with some titles in English and French.

Historical Texts

French Revoluiton Digital Archive
The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community.
Treasury of World's Fair Art & Architecture (UMD Digital Library)
Features items from a number of the Fairs, including those held in Paris, Buffalo, Chicago, and San Francisco. The "Essays" section includes materials written for an honors seminar at the University of Maryland taught by Professor Isabelle Gournay which detail some of the achievements of each exposition.
Gallica: Bibliothèque nationale de France
The digital library of the National Library of France provides access to millions of digitized books, manuscripts, maps, images, objects, scores, audio clips, and videos.

Library Catalogs

Catalogue Collectif de France
One of the most powerful online bibliographic and document research tools in France.  Its main purpose is to provide a single search interface for the three major French catalogs:the Catalog of Digitized Municipal Library Collections; Bibliothèque Nationale de France catalogue général; and the University Documentation Catalog.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.
Center for Research Libraries
A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.

Reference Resources

Oxford Dictionaries – French (online) Restricted Resource
A high quality French-English/English-French online dictionary with audio pronunciations and other interactive features.
New Oxford Companion to Literature in French Restricted Resource
Written by an international team of specialists and presents an authoritative guide not only to ten centuries of literature produced in the territory now called France, but also to the rich literary output of other French-speaking countries around the world. 
Literary Encyclopedia Restricted Resource
Online encyclopedia that addresses literary works, writers, cultural movements, and historical events around the world, with interactive features that enable the user to place literature within its historical context.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Restricted Resource
Online access to a selection of Contemporary Literary Criticism volumes provided by the Literature Resource Center. Print volumes are held at Grinnell's Offsite Storage Facility and are available upon request.
Grove Art Online Restricted Resource
Online art encyclopedia, covering all aspects of visual culture. Contains articles, bibliographies, learning resources, and searchable images made available through Oxford’s partnerships with museums, galleries, and other arts organizations. A version is also available in print at Burling reference.
Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism Restricted Resource
Provides excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short-story writers, philosophers, and other creative writers who died between 1800 and 1899. Online version is selective and accessed via Gale's Literature Resource Center. The library's print version is available upon request.
Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource
Look for Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in the Reference Collection
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism Restricted Resource
Provides excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short-story writers, philosophers, and other creative writers who died between 1900 and 2000. Online version is selective and accessed via Gale's Literature Resource Center. The library's print version is available upon request.
Oxford Companion to Literature in French
Print Location: Burling Reference PQ41 .N49 1995
This one volume compendium provides brief entries on authors and works from all time periods of French literature as well as information on topics of literary and historical importance.
Film and Television: A Guide to the Reference Literature
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PN1994 .E446x 2006
A starting point to find appropriate sources for background information.

Film and Video Collections

Films on Demand – Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.

Web sites

ACLS Humanities E-Book Digital Collection Restricted Resource
Digital collection of over 4,600 full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with 30 academic societies and over 100 contributing publishers.
Library and Archives Canada
Preserves and makes accessible the documentary heritage of Canada. It also serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents.
BBC News
Articles and videos from the United Kingdom's public service broadcaster. Includes news from Africa and the Middle East, in English, Arabic, French, and other languages. Tip: For links to news sources from a specific country, search for the country's name and "media profile."
LIMAG: Littératures du Maghreb
(Algérie, Maroc, Tunisie)
Africa South of the Sahara
From the Stanford Libraries--including links to newspapers.
A commercial site with information about French books and authors from countries around the world.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.
MLA Handbook, 8th. edition (2016)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2016
On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
MLA Style Center
Guidance on MLA Style from the Modern Language Association itself. The Works Cited: Quick Guide offers a practice template for creating entries in an MLA list of works cited.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell College Writing Lab
Email:; Phone: 3117

Course Guides

FRN 327 Power and Resistance in 17th- and 18th-Century French
This guide provides links to resources for this seminar on French literature from the 17th and 18th century.
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