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This page recommends electronic databases, items in the Library collection, and websites which should be useful to those who are studying and researching French language, French literature and French culture.

DATABASES

Use these databases to find JOURNAL ARTICLES.

Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. Features PDF content going back as far as 1887, but the bulk of the sources are from the 1970s going forward. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index --see Web of Science.
To search only the Arts and Humanities Citation Index subset, enter your search terms and then DE-SELECT the other subsets (Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index).

FRANCIS
Citations to articles in the humanities, primarily in religion, history of art, and literature.

JSTOR
JSTOR's collections provide electronic access to back issues of core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences with a moving wall of three to five years. Authorized John Carroll users have access to all JSTOR content.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 - Current)
Compiled by the Modern Language Association, this is an essential bibliography for literary criticism on all nationalities, periods, types of literature, and authors, with the exception of classical Greek and Latin literature, which is covered in L'Annee philologique. MLAIB is also strong in scholarship on folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of rhetoric, composition, and literature. It covers articles, books, and dissertations in literature and the additional fields mentioned above.

Web of Science (1980 - Current)
Indexes 1,700 journals over 50 disciplines and covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals. Contains searchable, full-length, English-language author abstracts for approximately 60% of the articles in the database. Partial full text. Can limit by Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science. All users, on campus and off, should use this single link.

DATABASES (COMPREHENSIVE)

Use these databases to explore resources beyond journal literature.

ARTFL
Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language -- is a cooperative project between the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the University of Chicago. The full-text database contains nearly 2,000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy.

Contemporary Authors
Bio-bibliographical guide to more than 100,000 current writers. Includes or has links to full text.

Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK)
Contains thousands of scholarly and reference e-books covering the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
* ABC-CLIO: educational reference books – encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical collections, guides – on many specialized topics, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.
* Gale: reference books published by Thomson Gale; also includes a few reference books from Macmillan, Saur, and Scribner.
* Oxford University Press: important scholarly books, both classic and newly-published works, in the humanities and social sciences. Oxford imprints include OUP Oxford, OUP USA, and Clarendon Press.
* Sage: encyclopedias and reference handbooks from the Sage eReference catalog, mainly in the social sciences.
* Springer: high-quality scientific, technological and medical books. Springer imprints also include Apress, Birkhäuser, Physica-Verlag, Steinkopff, and others.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Includes plot summaries, author biographies, author interviews, book reviews, poems, short stories, and images.

MLA Directory of Periodicals
List of periodicals in literature, language, linguistics, and folklore that are covered regularly in the MLA International Bibliography.

ProceedingsFirst
Conference proceedings.

Scribner Writers Series
Includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series.

DIGITAL MEDIA RESOURCES

Use these databases to explore digital collections.

Educational Films and Documentaries
Full-length educational videos on many subjects; from the Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

Foreign Language Digital Videos
Brief video clips of native speakers in non-English languages.

Naxos Music Library
A comprehensive collection of classical music available online. Includes program and biographical information for each CD. Also includes online texts on classical music, opera and musical instruments. You must log out when finished with this service.
Naxos Music Library Guides

ITEMS IN THE REFERENCE COLLECTION

Please consult a Reference Librarian if you need help finding these books.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture
Ref DC33.7 .E53

French Culture, 1900-1975
Ref DC33.7 .F726

French-English dictionary = Dictionnaire français anglais
Ref PC2640 .F74

Grand Larousse de la Langue Française
Ref PC2625 .G7

New Oxford Companion to Literature in French
Ref PQ41 .N49

NTC's French and English Business Dictionary
Ref HF1002 .N93

Regions of France
Ref DC33.7 .N63

SELECTED INTERNET SITES

CAREER RESOURCES FOR FRENCH MAJORS

Academic Job Network
Millions of academic job postings at your fingertips!

Center for Career Services, John Carroll University
The JCU Center for Career Services should be a JCU student's top resource for discovering and evaluating answers to career-path questions.

GOINGGLOBAL
The Going Global Country Guide collection is available from the JCU Center for Career Services Web Site. It was created to support job seekers with an extensive source of country-and-city-specific career and employment information.

International Job Opportunities, The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide is a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet

Jobmonkey.com
The coolest jobs on earth.

Jobpilot
Europe's career market on the Internet.

Monster
Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find Your Calling.

GENERAL LANGUAGE AND CULTURE WEBSITES

A-Z Dictionary of Modern France
The About-France.com Dictionary of France is an encyclopaedic dictionary, a glossary bringing together and explaining the most important words and names that the reader, viewer or listener is liable to come across. It includes prominent people in modern France (though not necessarily the most talked about or photographed), the institutions of modern France, the organisations, the defining moments of modern French history, the key places in modern France, the cultural icons and emblems, and other words and phrases that belong to life in modern France, but can leave the foreigner totally perplexed.

About-France.com
This website provides a France information and tourism portal . A discovery of France, its people, and the French way of life.

About.com: French Language
Muti-faceted website explores French language and French culture.

Babel Fish (Yahoo! Babel Fish)
Popular website provides instant translations of passages or entire web pages.

Bibliotheque Nationale de France (English language access)
France's national library, comparable to the U.S. Library of Congress.

France Magazine
"The best of culture, travel & art de vivre."

Francofil
Francofil provides a general forum of discussion for scholars and teachers working in all areas of French and Francophone Studies.

French Tutorial
The French Tutorial is a web-based step by step lesson covering basics, pronunciation, but also grammar, vocabulary and everyday French.

Hospitality Abroad: Learning French
A rich assortment of links about the French language.

Language Links: French Resources
Websites provided for those who are interested in France, French language, French literature, and French culture,

RealFrench.net
The realfrench.net website is a collection of online interactive resources for teachers and learners of French developed in the Department of Languages and the Department of Information & Communications, MMU.

NEWSPAPERS

Figaro
The oldest of France's daily newspapers. Considered by many to represent a conservative position.

Liberation
Founded in 1973 by Jean Paul Sartre and other leftists, this daily newspaper has moved to a more centrist position since its founding.

Monde
Founded in 1944, Le Monde represents the "establishment" position. It is the French daily newspaper most widely-read outside of France.

ONLINE COLLECTIONS OF FRENCH LANGUAGE TEXTS

ABU: la Bibliothèque Universelle
L'accès libre au texte intégral d'oeuvres du domaine public francophone sur Internet depuis 1993.

Bibliothèque Tintamarre: Oeuvres louisianaises sur Internet
This site contains approximately 5000 works (in French) written by Louisiana Creoles of Color as well as by Creoles of European descent during the 19th century. It contains stories, novels, collections of poetry, and drama as well as a selection folktales in Louisiana Creole.

ClicNet: Littérature francophone virtuelle
Bienvenue à ClicNet, un site culturel et littéraire francophone.

Digital Librarian: French Literature
"A librarian's choice of the best of the web."

Gallica Digital Library
An experimental web site created to give scholars access to digitized holdings of the French National Library. Search engine provides access to over 100,000 fully digitized volumes (full text!) and 300,000 digitized images.

Grande Bibliotheque Poetique
Oeuvres poétiques des grands écrivains français ou étrangers (présentées en recueils complets)

Theatrales
"A comprehensive site on French theater."

ORGANIZATIONS

American Association of Teachers of French
The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) was founded in 1927 and is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ACTFL is a national professional membership organization representing over 10,500 language educators from all levels of instruction and all languages.

Modern Language Association
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy.