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French: Books on History & Culture

Resources for the study of French language and literature

In-Depth Information on French Language, Literature & Culture

The library catalog is a great place to find in-depth information on topics in French and Francophone studies, including literary criticism, essays on culture and history as well as primary texts such as novels, poems and plays. 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.

Remember that books are still the best place to go to understand a topic from beginning to end.

What Else Can You Find in the Stacks?

If you're looking for essays on French or Francophone literature, history and culture, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for journal articles.  But books often collect a number of articles on a particular topic all in one place.  Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that contain essays on a single topic in French or Francophone studies.

Still can't find it? Try WorldCat.

If you don't find what you need in Simmons' catalog, search WorldCat for books in other local libraries or in libraries around the world.

Search with WorldCat

Serendipity in the Stacks: Browse by Call Number

One of the best ways to discover the perfect source for your topic is to browse the library stacks by call number range.  Each call number range represents a particular subject and all of the books on a particular topic will be located in the same general area on the shelves.  So if you want a book on the French language, go to the call number range beginning with PC2001 to see what we have!

 LC Call Number

 Subject

 DC 16-801

 France. Andorra. Monaco

 F 1035.8

 Maritime provinces. Atlantic coast of Canada

 F 1036-1040

 Nova Scotia. Acadia

 F 1051-1055

 Quebec

 F 1900-1941

 Haiti (Island). Hispaniola. Haiti (Republic)

 F 2151

 French West Indies

 F 2441-2471

 French Guiana

 PC 2001-3761

 French Language

 PQ 1-3999

 French Literature

Free E-Books!

Are you looking for an e-book that we don't have or for a free downloadable ebook version of your favorite title?  Try looking for it at one of these free e-book sites. Have fun exploring!