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How to Use This Guide

Welcome to the Simmons Library guide to resources in French language and literature.  Use the links in the table of contents or the tabs at the top of the page to find books, articles and more. If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide, don't hesitate to contact the author of this guide or Ask a Librarian. Good luck with your research!

The Audio Books & Poetry section of the Internet Archive includes a library of free, downloadable audio books as well as a number of recordings of well-known poets and others reading from their work. Listen to a reading of "Après la bataille" by Victor Hugo.

Hugo Justicier, caricature de Victor Hugo par Alfred Lepetit, 24 mars 1878.

Getting To Know Your Topic

Reference sources--like dictionaries and subject encyclopedias--provide overviews of topics and descriptions of concepts and ideas. They can also provide definitions, statistics and other details. You can use this type of source to help narrow your research topic, find data to support your thesis and identify keywords and main ideas to use as search terms.

Databases on Your Topic: Arts & Humanities

Use the dropdown arrow to choose an online resource to search for more in-depth information on your topic. This list includes resources with a wide variety of content, such as journal articles, topic overviews and definitions from encyclopedias and dictionaries and in-depth information from e-books.

Books: In-depth Information on Your Topic

Books are a great source of in-depth information on a topic.  Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic.  You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.

Recommended Web Resources

There are a lot of great resources on the web where you can find information about French Literature & Culture as well as online primary texts (stories, poems and novels) and recordings of literature being read aloud. Hover your mouse over the links to find out what they contain. Have fun exploring!