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French Courses & Research: Books

What can Book Sources do for you?

What can book sources do for you?

  • Deep-dive into a topic for a length of time
  • Gather lots of studies together for you
  • Have a chapter or two that's very useful
  • Have an introduction that gives you background

Books in the library

Browse the shelves at 440's (language), 840's (literature), and the 940's (history), or the DVD section (directly to your left when you enter the 1st floor).

Search and browse for yourself!

Search books, articles, journals, etc.

One Search logo

Search for ebooks, books, DVDs, CDs, print journals, scores, and other physical items in the library.

Searching Tips for French topics

Note the Advanced Search if you like to control limits such as language and date.

If you prefer to browse the shelves, head to the 944's on the 1st floor, BUT...

- Many books on topics related to France are actually in other areas--800's for literature, 300's for social issues, 400's for language, etc -

Subject Terms are one reason to do a POWER search.

On a catalog page, you may have noticed the hyperlinked subject terms near the bottom of the record page. These are phrases and words that the Library of Congress has decided we will always use to describe books on that topic. Clicking on the subject term will take you to more books on that topic.

You can do this in the Classic Catalog's Advanced Search.

Books at other libraries--World Cat

Searching in WorldCat

WorldCat is a way to search library catalogs around the world all at once. It is listed in our Databases A-Z list.

  • Search generally or go to Advanced Search for more options:

Click on the title you want and order it from ILL.

    La Pléiade

    Bibliothèque de la Pléiade is a book series that publishes only French classics--if you find a book in our stacks with the (usually) brown leather binding and gold horizontal stripes, you're holding a French classic! These are considered the ultimate editions, in French, of their best authors.

    If you are looking for a nice French edition of a French book, look no further than the Pléiades!