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Researching an interdisciplinary topic
The databases and resources in this guide take you across the disciplines. Databases like Academic Search Premier cover most topics to a certain extent, while the more specific disciplinary databases such as RILM (Music), Historical Abstracts, and ATLA (Religion) will be more focused. The library catalog and Worldcat are broad resources that will help you find books and other materials regardless of discipline. Using any one database should help you build your vocabulary for searching another.
All Resources

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Background Information

Political Handbook of the Middle East
Print Location: Ref JQ1758.A58 P65 2008
Periodically updated handbook provides extensive information about many aspects of politics and government in the Middle East and North Africa.
Encyclopedia of Africa (online) Restricted Resource
Focuses on African history and culture with articles that cover prominent individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, business and  trade, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, and countries throughout Africa.
Francophone Post-colonial Cultures: Critical Essays
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PQ3897 .F73 2003

Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Critical Introduction
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DC33.9 .F718 2003

Francophone Studies: The Essential Glossary
Print Location: Ref DC33.7 .F724 2002
A glossary in support of the study of France and other French Speaking Countries

Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor JV1827 .P67x 2009

South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
Print Location: Ref HC165 .S68x 18th ed 2010
This extensive resource provides economic, historical, and political background as well as government information and social and economic data and statistics.


ATLA Religion Database Restricted Resource
1949–present. Covers religious and theological scholarship in over a thousand international journals and 14,000 multi-author works.
Google Scholar
Accesses the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Includes links to resources subscribed to by Grinnell College.
New York Times Historical (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
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.
Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
For news of the Francophone world in the diaspora
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Search this database using terms such as Francophone, colonial, post-colonial, afric*, arab*, carib*, viet*, and so on. Historical Abstracts includes many articles related to literature as well as historical and political events and analysis.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat Local
Search engine for books, videos, archival materials, electronic resources, and more owned by Grinnell College and over 72,000 libraries around the world.
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

New York Times and Index Resource contains newspapers
The New York Times is one of the leading news providers in the U.S. This link goes to a page with options for accessing the New York Times in the Grinnell College Libraries.

Web sites

This site looks at French as it is spoken around the world. It highlights the differences in accents, its status as an official language, and more. It is meant as a study sight and gives the viewer the opportunity to answer questions and reflect on the information presented.

Index par langue officielle/Index of Official Languages
A list arranged by country with a note as to whether it has one or more official languages

Maps at Babelnet
Babelnet is a site that provides tools for language learning--specifically in English, French, and Spanish. The following links provide maps of 1) French speaking areas in the world; 2) French speaking areas in Europe; 3) French speaking areas in Africa; 5) French speaking areas in the Americas.

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Subject Headings and Keywords
Listed below are a selection of relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings used in our collection. Any term can be used as a keyword to locate materials. These terms can be used in databases as well as in Google Scholar and other resources. 

Postcolonialism -- French-speaking countries
French-speaking countries -- Civilization
French-speaking countries -- Study and teaching
Middle East
Africa, North
Caribbean Area
Literature and history -- [geographic location]
Language and culture -- [geographic location]
Literature and globalization
French literature -- Foreign countries
France -- Colonies -- Intellectual life
Minorities -- France -- Social conditions
mmigrants -- France -- Social conditions
France -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Postcolonialism -- Social aspects -- France
West Indies
ADDITIONALLY: using the name of any country or region; time periods, e.g., 18th, 19th,  20th for centuries; the names of writers, movements, historical figures, etc.
Call numbers for browsing
Postcolonial Studies crosses many subject areas including literature.

20th Century French literature is found in the PQs--specifically PQ 3000--PQ 3999

French History related to its colonial past: DC 33-DC 36

French Colonialism (Political Science) JV 1800-1899