French Studies

Librarian for Romance Language Collections

  • Claude H. Potts
  • Prêtre by Fritz Wikersheim, (active ca. 1847-1851)

  • Office Hours: by appointment
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
  • Contact Info:

    cpotts [at] library.berkeley.edu
    tel: (510) 643-8966

About this Guide

The study of French at Berkeley emphasizes the analysis of French literature and culture and its intersections with a variety of other fields and topics, including history, comparative literature, linguistics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, gender and sexuality studies, visual arts and film, music, popular culture, Canadian studies, Francophone studies, and politics.

Collection Description

The Library collects materials in all areas of French literature, including literary criticism, philosophy, and theory. The Library maintains a strong collection in all divisions of French literature, from the medieval period to the present. The Library also collects in the area of Francophone studies, including, but not limited to, material about Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, and French-speaking Europe. The Library collects few introductory language textbooks, but does collect French language dictionaries and other language reference material. The French collection is limited to materials primarily published in France. Materials on French subjects published outside France are listed with their respective provenance.

Most French Studies reference materials are kept in Doe Library's North Reading Room. The major part of the collection is located in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, with additional materials in Moffitt Library. Some materials, particularly in the area of medieval literature, are housed in the Bancroft Library, as are manuscript and archival collections.

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Reference Sources for French Studies

Use the following types of reference sources to look up information related to French Studies:

Dictionaries, Thesauri and QuotationsBiographical SourcesEncyclopedias and AlmanacsAtlases, Maps and GazetteersWeb Portals

Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations

General and subject specific dictionaries in any language, dual language dictionaries, thesauri, dictionaries of quotations, and acronym lists.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.

Online

Print

Argot & français populaire / Jean-Paul Colin. Nouv. ed., enrichie et mise a jour / par Jean-Paul Colin. Paris: Larousse, 2006.
Doe Reference PC3741.C64 2006 Dictionaries


Le dictionnaire culturel en langue française / sous la direction d'Alain Rey. Paris: Le Robert, 2005.
Main Stacks PC2625 .D445 2005 v.1-4


Dictionnaire de l'ancien français jusqu'au milieu du XIVe siècle
/ A. J. Greimas. Paris: Larousse, 1969.
Graduate Services PC2889.G76
Bancroft Reference PC2889 .G76 1977 2e éd., rev. et corr.


Dictionnaire de l'argot français et de ses origines / Jean-Paul Colin, Jean-Pierre Mevel. Nouv. éd. mise à jour et enrichie. Paris: Larousse, c2001.
Main Stacks PC3741.C65 2001

*Dictionnaire de la langue française du seizième siècle / Edmond Huguet Paris: Champion, 1925.
Graduate Services PC265 .H7 1925  v.1-7 (1926-1965)


Dictionnaire étymologique de l'ancien français
/ Kurt Baldinger; avec la collaboration de Jean-Denis Gendron et Georges Straka. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval ; Tubingen: Niemeyer; Paris: Klincksieck, 1974-
Graduate Services PC2883.B3 1974 Dictionaries v.G1-10; H1-5; index G; G1-G3, H, I1-4, J1-5 (1974-2008)


Dictionnaire étymologique du français / Jacqueline Picoche. [Nouvelle presentation.]. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2006.
Main Stacks PC2580 .P48 2006


Dictionnaire étymologique et historique de la langue française / Emmanuele Baumgartner et Philippe Menard. Paris: Le Livre de poche, 1996.
Main Stacks PC2580.B38 1996

Le grand Robert de la langue française. Nouv. ed. augm. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2001
Doe Reference PC2625.R58 2001 Dictionaries v. 1-6 & online via Library Databases

An Illustrated Dictionary of French Similes / Keith Foley. Lewiston [N.Y.] : E. Mellen Press, 2000.
Main Stacks PC2440.F65 2000
Graduate Services PC2889.G74 2001

Multi dictionnaire de la langue française / Marie-Éva de Villers. 4é ed. Montréal: Québec Amérique, 2003. Collection Langue et culture.
Doe Reference PC2625.V54 2003 Dictionaries

Moyen français / Algirdas Julien Greimas, Teresa Mary Keane. Paris: Larousse, c1992, 2007.
Main Stacks PC2650 .G74 2007

Trésor de la langue française: dictionnaire de la langue du XIXe et du XXe siècle (1789-1960), publié sous la direction de Paul Imbs. Paris: Editions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1971-
Doe Reference PC2625.I41 Dictionaries v. t.1-16 (A-zzz...) (1971-1994) & online

Library Databases

Biographical Sources

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Biographical Dictionary of French Political Leaders Since 1870 / edited by David S. Bell, Douglas Johnson, Peter Morris. New York: Simon and Schuster, c1990.
Doe Reference DC342 .B56 1990

Dictionnaire biographique des femmes célèbres et remarquables de notre histoire / Marie-Paule Desjardins. Montréal: Guérin, c2007.
Doe Reference CT3270 .D47 2007

Dictionnaire biographique et géographique du nationalisme français (1880-1900): boulangisme, ligue des patriotes / Bertrand Joly. Paris: H. Champion, 1998.
Main Stacks DC342.1.J65 1998

Dictionnaire biographique illustré de la Commune de Paris de 1871 / Gerald Dittmar. Paris: Dittmar, 2004.
Main Stacks DC317.D577 2004

Dictionnaire critique de biographie et d'histoire. Jal, A. (Augustin); errata et supplement pour tous les... 2. ed. cor. et angm. d'articles. Paris: H. Plon, 1872.
Main Stacks DC36.J2 1872

Dictionnaire de biographie française / sous la direction de J. Balteau, M. Barroux, M. Prevost, et al. Paris: Letouzey et Ane, 1933.
Doe Reference DC36.D5 v.1-20, fasc. 115-117-

Dictionnaire des auteurs de langue française en Amérique du Nord / Reginald Hamel, John Hare. Montréal: Fides, 1989.
Doe Reference PQ3897.A12.H36 1989 & online

Dictionnaire des écrivains de langue française. / Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais. Paris: Larousse, 2001.
Doe Reference PQ41.B412 2001 v.1-2

Dictionnaire des femmes belges: XIXe et XXe siècles / sous la direction d'Éliane Gubin ... [et al.]; avec la collaboration de Marie-Sylvie Dupont-Bouchat et Jean-Pierre Nandrin. Bruxelles: Racine, c2006.
Main Stacks HQ1652.5.A3 D53 2006

Dictionnaire des intellectuels français: les personnes. les lieux. les moments / Jacques Julliard and Michel Winock, eds. Paris: Seuil, 2002, c1996.
Doe Reference DC33.7 .D48 2002

Dictionnaire des orientalistes de langue française / François Pouillon (éd.). Paris: IlSMM: Karthala, c2008.
Main Stacks DS32.6 .D53 2008

Dictionnaire des personnages de la Révolution / Roger Caratini. Paris: Le Préaux Clercs, c1988.
Main Stacks DC147 .C35 1988

Dictionnaire des philosophes / Denis Huisman, ed. 2ème éd. revue et augmentée. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1993.
Main Stacks B42 .D521 1993 v.1-2

Dictionnaire des rois et reines de France: quinze siècles de pouvoir royal / Françoise Guerard. Paris: Vuibert, c2005.
Main Stacks DC36.6.G84 2005

Dictionnaire historique et biographique de la Suisse, publié avec la recommandation de la société générale suisse d'histoire et sous la direction de Marcel Godet, Henri Türler [et] Victor Attinger, avec de nombreux collaborateurs de tous les cantons. Neuchâtel: Administration du Dictionnaire historique et biographique de la Suisse, 1921-33.
Doe Reference DQ51 .D55 v. 1-7 (1921-1933) + supp.

Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française: de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye / Christiane P. Makward et Madeleine Cottenet-Hage. Paris: Karthala, c1996.
Doe Reference PQ149.M35 1996

L'encyclopédie maghrébine / Achour Cheurfi. Alger: Casbah éditions, 2007.
Main Stacks DT184.C44 2007

Les Français qui ont fait la France / Philippe Boitel. Bordeaux: Sud Ouest, c2009.
Doe Reference DC36 .B658 2009

Index biographique français = French Biographical Index / Tommaso Nappo, comp..3ème ed. cumue et augm. Munchen: K. G. Saur, 2004.
Doe Reference DC36.I52 2004 v.1-7
Microfiche shelved under Microfiche28631 DREF.

Nouvelle biographie générale depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'à nos jours, avec les renseignements bibliographiques et l'indication des sources à consulter; publiée par MM. Firmin Didot frères, sous la direction de M. le Dr. Hoefer. Paris, Firmin Didot fréres, fils et cie, 1858-78 [v.1, 1862].
Main Stacks CT143 .N6 v.1-9, 11-46 (1858-78)

Nouvelle biographie nationale. Bruxelles: Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique: Diffusion P. Mardaga, 1988-
Doe Reference DH513.A3 1988 v.1-10 (1988-2010)

Le Robert des grands écrivains de langue française / Philippe Hamon et Denis Roger-Vasselin, eds. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2000.
Main Stacks PQ41.R634 2000

Who's Who in France / Paris: J. Lafitte, c1955-
Doe Reference DC705.A1.W5 latest year only
Main Stacks DC705.A1.W5

Library Databases

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

General or subject-specific encyclopedias, almanacs, and other collections of factual information. 

Online

Print

Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture / edited by Alex Hughes and Keith Reader. London: Routledge, 1998.
Doe Reference Hall DC33.7 .E53 1998 & via ebrary
Moffitt Reference DC33.7 .E53 1998

Encyclopaedia universalis. Paris: Encyclopaedia Universalis France, c1985.
Doe Reference AE25.E4 1985 v.1-22 + supplements v.1-2 (1990)
8th edition also available on CD-ROM at Doe Reference Desk
Doe Reference AE25.E4 2002 compu/d Discs 1-7

Encyclopédie du dix-neuvieme siècle: répertoire universel des
sciences, des lettres et des arts, avec la biographie et de nombreuses gravures
. 3e ed. Paris: Au Bureau de l'Encyclopédie du XIXe Siècle, 1867.
Main Stacks AE25.E5 1867 v.1-25

Encyclopédie nouvelle / publiée sous la direction de P. Leroux et J. Reynaud; avec une introduction de Jean-Pierre Lacassagne. Geneve: Slatkine Reprints, 1991. Reprint (facsim.) Previously published as Encyclopédie nouvelle, ou, Dictionnaire philosophique, scientifique,littéraire et industriel... -- Paris: C. Gosselin, 1836-1842.
Doe Reference AE25.E485 1991 v.1-8 (1991)

La Grande encyclopédie, inventaire raisonné des sciences, des lettres et des arts, par une societé de savants et de gens de lettres; sous la direction de mm. Berthelot... Hartwig Derenbourg [etc.] ...
Paris, H. Lamirault et cie, 1886-1902.
Doe Reference AE25.G7 v.1-31 (1886-1902)

Le Grand Robert des noms propres: dictionnaire universel alphabétique et analogique des noms propres: illustré en couleurs / sous la direction de Paul Robert; redaction générale, Alain Rey et Josette Rey-Debove. Nouv. ed. Paris: Le Robert, c1984.
Doe Reference AG25.G7 1984 v.1-5

Also included in the electronic version of the Le grand Robert de la langue française.

Larousse du XXe siècle / publié sous la direction de Paul Auge.
Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1928-33.
Doe Reference AE25.L28 v.1-6 ([c1928-1933])

Also available via the Networked CD-ROM Database on
Library Public Computers in Doe Reference Only
Doe Reference AE25.L26 2002 compu/d

Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies / edited by Mona Baker and Gabriela Saldanha. 2nd ed. London; New York: Routledge, 2009.
Doe Reference P306.E57 2009

Library Databases

Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers

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Print

Dictionnaire des pays et provinces de France / Bénédicte et Jean-Jacques Fenie, cartes de Patrick Merienne. Bordeaux: Sud Ouest, 2000.
Main Stacks DC14.B69 2000
Earth Sciences DC14.B69 2000 Reference

Dictionnaire géographique de la France: communes, departements, regions, population, economie, tourisme. Rene Oizon. Paris: Larousse, 1979.
Earth Sciences DC14.O36 Reference

Index atlas de France: liste des localites nomenclature des communes, cartes départementales et plans de villes. Rennes: Oberthur, 1982.
Earth Sciences G1844.21.P8.O3 1982 Reference

Library Databases

Web Portals

Web sites and subject-specific search engines available without restriction. See also French Libraries and Catalogs under the Research Tools tab.

Online

Library Databases

Research Tools for French Studies

Use bibliographic tools like these to either focus or broaden your research:

Archival Collections and Primary SourcesArticle Databases and IndexesBibliographies and Subject GuidesBook Review SourcesDissertation and ThesesFrench LibrariesNews Databases, Indexes and Web Sites

Search the catalogs

Archival Collections and Primary Sources

Use these databases to find primary sources, such as manuscripts, diaries, letters, firsthand accounts, or historical documents on a subject, person, event or issue. See also the library guide Finding Primary Sources and List of Archival Collections on the Berkeley campus.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.

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*Guide des sources de l'histoire du féminisme: de la Révolution française à nos jours / sous la direction de Christine Bard et al. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2006.
Main Stacks HQ1613 .G85 2006 and updated version online through the Archives du féminisme.

Dictionnaire des journaux, 1600-1789 / sous la direction de Jean Sgard ; [comité de redaction, Jean-Daniel Candaux ... et al.]. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation; Paris: Universitas, 1991. Dictionnaire de la presse, 1600-1789 ; 1
Doe Reference PN5184.P4.D5 1991 v.1-2

France: Empire and Republic, 1850-1940; Historical Documents / selected and introduced by David Thomson. New York: Walker, 1968.
Main Stacks DC340 .T52 1968
Moffitt DC340 .T52 1968

The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History / edited, translated, and with an introduction by Lynn Hunt. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, c1996.
Moffitt DC158.8.H862 1996

French Revolution Documents / J. M. Roberts and R. C. Cobb, eds. Oxford; Blackwell, 1966.
Main Stacks DC141.R39 v.1-2 (1966-1973)

Les gazettes européennes de langue française: répertoire / par Pierre Retat ; suivi d'une etude sur les fonds des gazettes anciennes a la Bibliothèque
nationale de France / par Jeanne-Marie Metivier, Laurent Portes, Pierre Retat.
Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2002.
Main Stacks PN5184.P4 R47 2002

Guide des sources de la Commune de Paris et du mouvement communaliste, 1864-1880: Paris et Ile de France / établi par l'Association des Amis de la Commune de Paris, 1871; avec le concours des services d'archives publics et le soutien de la Ville de Paris. Paris: Documentation française, c2007.
Main Stacks DC317.G85 2007

Répertoire des sources historiques du moyen âge / par Ulysse Chevalier. Paris, A. Picard, 1905-07.
Doe Reference D112.C53 v.1-2 (1903-07)
Main Stacks D112.C51 1877 v.1-3
Bancroft D112.C532 1975 Reference v.1-2 (reprint)

Library Databases

The complete list of databases is available through the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

Article Indexes and Databases

Listed below is a broad selection of article indexes recommended for research in French Studies. For additional resources, please consult the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

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Bibliographie historique et critique de la presse périodique
française
... / par Louis Eugène Hatin. Paris: Firmin-Didot frères, fils et cie, 1866.
Doe Reference AP1.36.F8.H3
Bancroft Reference Z6956.F8 H2
Online via HathiTrust 

Bibliographie des révues et journaux littéraires des XIXe et XXe siècles / par Jean-Michel Place et André Vasseur. Paris: Editions de la Chronique des lettres françaises, 1973.
Main Stacks PQ281.A12.P4 v.1-3:1 (1973-1974)

French Literary Journals: A Selected Annotated Guide / by Anna Danuta Kaczynska Berkeley: University of California, Library, 1977.
Doe Reference PQ100.A12.K3
NRLF/Main Stacks PQ100.A12.K3

Repère. Edition abrégée. Montréal: Services documentaires multimedia: Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1994-  "Index analytique d'articles de periodiques de langue française" which continues Periodex, Radar and Périodex.
Doe Reference AJ7.I512 Periodical Indexes Latest 5 years
Main Stacks AJ7.I512

Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France. Paris: A. Colin, [1894-]
Continued in part by: Bibliographie de la littérature française (XVIe-XXe siècle).
Main Stacks PQ2.R51
Current issues in Heyns Reading Room and via CAIRN
BOUND 1(1894)-107(2007); later issues unbound.
CUMULATIVE INDEXES: 1(1894)-46(1939)

Les revues littéraires belges de langue française de 1830 à nos jours / Paul Aron, Pierre-Yves Soucy. Ed. rev., corr. et augm. par les auteurs... Vanleemputten. Bruxelles: Labor, 1998.
Main Stacks Z2405.A76 1998

Library Databases

Bibliographies and Subject Guides

Selected lists of materials in any format organized around a common theme or topic.

Library Databases

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Les années littéraires en Afrique: 1912-1987 / Pius Ngandu Nkashama. Paris: L'Harmattan, c1993. Main Stacks PQ3981.A12.P58 1993


Belgian cinema = Le cinéma belge = De Belgische film / research and coordination, Marianne Thys. Brussels: Royal Belgian Film Archive; Ghent: Ludion; Paris: Flammarion], c1999. Main Stacks PN1993.5.B4.B46 1999 Read at Google Read at Google


Bibliographie annuelle de l'histoire de France du cinquième siècle à 1958. Paris: Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1975- Doe Reference DC6.C65 (continuation of Bibliographie annuelle de l'histoire de France du cinquième siècle à 1939/1945 (1953-1975))


*Bibliographie d'histoire littéraire française = Bibliographie der französischen Literaturwissenschaft Frankfurt am Main: V. Klostermann, 1960- Main Stacks PQ47.5 .B48


Bibliographie de l'histoire médiévale en France (1965-1990) / Société des historiens médiévistes de l'enseignement supérieur ; textes réunis par Michel Balard. Doe Reference DC61.A12 B35 1992


A Critical Bibliography of French Literature / D.C. Cabeen, ed. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1947-1994. Doe Reference PQ47.5.C3 v.1-6 (1947-1994)


Dictionnaire de la France coloniale / sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Rioux; ouvrage edité avec le concours du Centre ... Paris: Flammarion, 2007. Main Stacks JV1811.D53 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire de la politique française / Henry Coston. Paris: Publications Henry Coston, c2000. Main Stacks DC55.C72 2000


Dictionnaire des littératures de langue française / Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais, Daniel Couty. [Nouv. ed.] Paris: Bordas, c1994. Doe Reference PQ41.D533 1994 v.1-4 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires de langue française / Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais, Daniel Couty. Paris: Bordas, c1994. Doe Reference PQ41.D533 1994 v.1-4 Main Stacks PQ41.D533 1994 v.1-4 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire du cinéma populaire français: des origines à nos jours / sous la direction de Yannick Dehée et Christian-Marc Bosséno. 2. éd. Paris: Nouveau Monde éditions, 2009. Doe Reference PN1998.2.D53 2009 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire du Second Empire / sous la direction de Jean Tulard. Paris: Fayard, c1995. Doe Reference DC276.D53 1995


Bibliographie des auteurs africains de langue française / Therese Baratte-Eno-Belinga, Jacqueline Chauveau-Rabut, Mukala Kadima-Nzuji. Paris: F. Nathan, 1979 Main Stacks PQ3980.A12.B352 1979


Bibliographie des écrivains français de Belgique, 1881-1950 / Jean-Marie Culot. Bruxelles: Academie royale de langue et de litterature francaises de Belgique, 1958-1988. NRLF/Main Stacks Z2411.C8 v.1-5 (A-Q)


*The Cambridge History of French Literature / edited by William Burgwinkle, Nicholas Hammond and Emma Wilson. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Doe Reference PQ103 .C26 2011 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire des auteurs de langue française en Amerique du Nord / Reginald Hamel, John Hare, eds. Montreal: Fides, 1989. Doe Reference PQ3897.A12.H36 1989 & online Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire des auteurs Maghrébins de langue française / Jean Dejeux. Paris: Karthala, 1984. Main Stacks PQ3988.N6.D38 1984


Dictionnaire de la colonisation française / sous la direction de Claude Liauzu; en collaboration avec le comité scientifique composé de Hélène d'Almeida-Topor ... Paris: Larousse, 2007. Doe Reference JV1807 .D53 2007 Read at Google Read at Google


Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires africaines de langue française / Pius Ngandu Nkashama. Ivry-sur-Seine: Editions nouvelles du sud, c1994. Main Stacks PQ3980.A52.P58 1994


Dictionnaire des oeuvres algériennes en langue française: essais, romans, nouvelles, contes, récits autobiographiques, théâtre, poésie, recits pour enfants / Christiane Achour. Paris: L'Harmattan, 1990. NRLF/Main Stacks PQ3988.5.A5.A12 D53 1990


Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires negro-africaines de langue française, des origines à 1978 / Ambroise Kom. Sherbrooke, Québec: Naaman; Paris: Agence de Cooperation Culturelle et Technique, 1983. Doe Reference PQ3980.D5


Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires du Québec / Maurice Lemire, ed. Montréal: Fides, c1978-2003. Main Stacks PQ3901.D5 v.1-7


Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française : de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye / Christiane P. Makward et Madeleine Cottenet-Hage ; avec la collaboration de Mary-Helen Becker, Erica Eisinger et al. Paris: Karthala, 1996. Doe Reference PQ149 .M35 1996


Ecritures littéraires: dictionnaire critique des oeuvres africaines de langue française / Pius Ngandu Nkashama. New Orleans: Presses universitaires du Nouveau Monde, c2002. Doe Reference PQ3980.A52.P583 2002 v.1-2


The Era of the French Revolution: A Bibliography of the History of Western Civilization, 1789-1799 / Ronald J. Caldwell. New York: Garland Pub., 1985. Doe Reference DC148.A12 C34 1985 v.1-2


The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature / Eva Martin Sartori, editor-in-chief. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. Doe Reference PQ149.F47 1999 & via ebrary Read at Google Read at Google


France: d'un siècle a l'autre: 1914-2000: dictionnaire critique / Jean-Pierre Rioux, Jean-Francois Sirinelli ; avec Maurice Agulhon et al. Paris: Hachette Littératures, c1999. Main Stacks DC33.7.R56 1999


French 17: An annual descriptive bibliography of French seventeenth century studies / Fort Collins, Colo., Published for Seventeenth Century French Division of Modern Language Association of America by Colorado State University. Doe Reference PQ241.A12 M63 54(2006)-56(2008)- , Main Stacks PQ241.A12 M63 26(1978)-53(2005)-, and online.


Guide to French Literature / Anthony Levi. Chicago: St. James Press, 1992-1994. Doe Reference Hall PQ41.L48 1992 v.1-2 Moffitt Refe PQ41.L48 1992 v.1-2


Histoire de la littérature en Suisse romande / Roger Francillon, eds. Lausanne, Switzerland : Payot, 1996. Main Stacks PQ3871.H57 1996 v.1-4


*Historical Dictionary of French Theater / Edward Forman. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010. Doe Reference PN2637 .F67 2010 Read at Google Read at Google


Lettres françaises de Belgique: dictionnaire des oeuvres / Robert Frickx and Raymond Trousson, eds. Paris-Gembloux: Duculot, 1988-1994. Doe Reference PQ3814.L47 1988


Negritude: An Annotated Bibliography / by Colette V. Michael. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press, 1988. Doe Reference PN56.N36.M5 1988 Moffitt PN56.N36.M5 1988


Les sources de l'histoire de France. Notices bibliographiques et analytiques des inventaires et des recueils de documents relatifs à l'histoire de France, par Alfred Franklin. Paris: Firmin-Didot et cie, 1877. Doe Reference DC6.F8

Book Reviews

Most library databases for this grouping index primarily US and UK publications. The print and online tools listed below are better for non-US reviews. MLA, Cairn, Historical Abstracts, and Periodicals Index Online are also good article databases for locating discipline-specific reviews in French or Francophone studies as are specific journals like The French Review or French Studies.

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Book Review Digest (1905-present)
Lists and selectively excerpts reviews from 90 popular journals in English.
Doe Reference Z1219 .B8 & online with Book Reviews Digest Plus and Book Reviews Digest Retrospective.

Some sources to peruse for new French publications include:

Critique. Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1945-
Main Stackss Z1007 .C8 latest in Current Periodicals, Heyns Reading Room

Lire. Paris: Lire Magazine, 1975-
Main Stackss Z2174.B6 L57 latest in Current Periodicals, Heyns Reading Room

Livres de France. Paris: Éditions professionelles du livre, 1979-
Main Stacks Z2161 .L73 latest in Current Periodicals, Heyns Reading Room

La Quinzaine littéraire. Paris, 1971-
Main Stacks Folio f AP20 .Q53
latest in Current Periodicals, Heyns Reading Room

Library Databases

Dissertations and Theses

Find dissertations by searching Proquest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT), which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

For more extensive indexing of doctoral dissertations and theses from Western Europe, here are a few other resources to consult:

French Libraries and Catalogs

Catalogs and guides to books, periodicals, and other materials in not only French libraries and archives but also other important collections worldwide.

Online Resources

Print

Catalogue des incunables / Bibliothèque nationale. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1981.
Main Stacks Z240.F718 1981
Library has:  BOUND t.1-t.2, fasc. 1-4 (A-B,H-Z); (1981-1996) ; unbd. t.1, fasc. 3 (C-D) (2006)
Bancroft Reference Z240.F718 1981

French Vernacula Books: Books Published in the French Language Before 1601: Livres vernaculaires français: livres imprimés en français avant 1601 / edited by Andrew Pettegree, Malcolm Walsby, Alexander Wilkinson. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
Bancroft Reference Z2162 .F74 2007 v.1-2

A Short Title Catalogue of French Books, 1601-1700, in the Library of the British Museum< by V. F. Goldsmith. Folkestone [England]: Dawsons, 1969-73.
Doe Referencerence Z2162.B87
Bancroft Reference Z2162.B87

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The Library offers over 130 e-book and text collections in specific subject areas. Many of these e-books also available through OskiCat and Melvyl. You can limit your search in OskiCat to "Available online," and in Melvyl to "Online resources."

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HathiTrust
Pronounced "hah-tee", this cooperative system contains millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive. Search on information about the book (such as author or title), or words in the text. Full text is available for items that are not protected by copyright. Items in the HathiTrust catalog can be grouped into collections and shared online. For details, see the FAQ page.

Google Book Search
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Internet Archive: Text Archive
Several hundred thousand books in the public domain, from the Open Content Alliance (OCA). Includes many books from our collections.

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
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Berkeley’s world-class education and research depend on the ready access offered by the Library to a comprehensive record of human knowledge, together with the latest discoveries in every field of learning.

From rare and precious manuscripts to thousands of titles used in day-to-day research, the University Library’s French collection supports students and faculty in Berkeley’s academic departments and programs. The holdings range from core collections housed in the Doe and Moffitt Libraries to specialized research materials in our fourteen subject specialty libraries. Just as Berkeley’s academic programs consistently rank at the top among their peers worldwide, the Library's collections that support those departments are internationally renowned for their depth and breadth.

The University Library is seeking private support to maintain the excellence of its collections. The cost of building these collections has increased dramatically, due to spiraling book and journal costs, as well as to the declining value of the dollar. It is due, as well, to a burgeoning of new information - a dramatic rise in the number and specialization of journals, the availability of full text and searchable electronic versions of items previously held only in print, and the emergence of new genres of digital content.   

Strengthening the Research Collections

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Claude H. Potts
Librarian for Romance Language Collections
218 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

tel: 510.643.8966

fax: 510.643.0315

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Financial support is very important to the future development and ongoing curation of the library's collections. Contributions provide funding for expensive resources, specialized equipment, conservation of rare books, and exhibits or special projects. Financial gifts may be unrestricted or support a specific library program, service, or collection. In addition to cash, the Library welcomes securities and other real or tangible property.

Endowments- Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more to support library collections, programs, projects or positions. These endowed funds provide the University Library, in perpetuity, with an annual income that ensures our collections and programs remain strong and vital regardless of the strength of state and campus budgetary support. Donors may choose to support specific programs, projects, or library materials in a discipline or area of the donor's choice. We encourage interested donors to contact us or the Library Development Office to discuss possible endowment opportunities.

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Book Donations

Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.

Please contact Frank Carothers to discuss your donation of books.

French Studies Wish List

 

Please consider donating or underwriting the following item:

Grand Corpus des dictionnaires [9e-20e s.]
This electronic resource from Classiques Garnier Numérique gathers the 24 most important dictionaries on French language, in total about 200,000 pages (2,500 signs per page), 900,000 entries and definitions. It is the greatest collection today available on the subject. From the Dictionary of old french language and all its dialects from the 9th to the 15th century (1881-1902) by Frédéric Godefroy, that is “ the essential element ” of old French lexicography (Georges Matoré) to the Dictionary of the French Academy (1932-1935) devoted to modern language and characterized by an ever more reflexive and well-founded art of definition and by the intention to give a faithful reflection of the 20th century.
17.411,00 EUR (or $22,970 USD) + annual maintenance fee
The following works have recently been acquired with generous support from Library donors:

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Donations can be made online using the Library Fund Online Gift Form and by designating that your gift is for the French Collection at the bottom of the form.

Contribute by Mail

Please make checks payable to UC Regents and specify that it is for the French Collection. Send along with any instructions regarding the donation to:

Claude H. Potts
Libriarian for Romance Language Collections
218 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley CA  94720-6000

tel: (510) 643-8966
email: cpotts [at] library.berkeley.edu


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