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Bilingual dictionaries

Collins French Dictionary (online)
Harrap's French and English college dictionary (Reference PC 2640 .H2725 2006)
Grand dictionnaire français-anglais, anglais-français Larousse (Reference PC 2640 .G735 1993)
Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary (Reference PC 2640 .O94 2001)
The Facts on File English/French visual dictionary (Reference PC 2640 .C64 1987)
Business French Dictionary (online)

French dictionaries

Dictionnaire de la langue française (Littré) (Reference PC2625 .L63). Free online access to the dictionary.
Dictionnaire Larousse (Reference PC 2625 .L49 2009)
Larousse online (free online Larousse French dictionary, including dictionary of synomyms, idioms, homomyms, and quotations)
Dictionnaire Petit Robert (Reference PC 2625 .R553)
Le Robert: free online Robert dictionary, includin synonyms, etymology, and more.
Dictionaire de Synonymes (free - online)
Dictionnaires d'autrefois: (free - online) French Dictionaries from the 17th - 20th centuries, including several Dictionnaires de l'Académie française along with the Estienne, Nicot, Bayle, Moréri, Féraud, and Littré.

Free language learning tools online:
  • Linguee: dictionary and search engine displaying words in context
  • Français Interactif: a free online textbook to learn French, developed at the University of Texas at Austin's department of French
  • Le Conjugueur
  • Forvo: a wiki where native speakers can post the pronunciation of words
  • TV5 Monde - Listen to French television, explore and play with the language
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Literature and literary criticism

Poèmes, pièces, prose ; introduction à l'analyse de textes littéraires français    
(KL 3rd floor, PQ 53 .S36 1973)

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Entries on French theory and criticism, organized by period. Also entries on specific critics like Flaubert, Foucault or Rousseau.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)
Several volumes on French literature:
  •  French dramatists, 1789-1914
  • 19th century French poetry, modern poets
  •  literature of the Middle Ages,  16th century, 17th century, Enlightenment (vol. 1 and 2), romanticism and realism, naturalism and beyond
  • French novelists 1900-1930, 1930-1969 and since 1960
Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature
Cambridge Companion to the French Novel
New Oxford Companion to Literature in French (Reference PQ 41 .N48 1995)

French history and culture Country information
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Library OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Beyond Kresge Library
To request an item from another library:
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide), using the WorldCat catalog to find books.
Find articles
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff MLA International Bibliography
The most comprehensive database to search for books, book chapters, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, and folklore. To learn how to search for articles on French literature in MLA, view our tutorial (4mn).

Hundreds of full-text journals in a variety of subject areas, including French / Francophone literature and history. Coverage of most journals extends back to the journal's first issue (sometimes in the 1800s) up to, but not including the last few years.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
A collection of journals in the humanities and social sciences, including French studies and literature. Coverage extends back to the last few years.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts
The most comprehensive listing of articles for the history of countries outside North America.

French Cultural Studies
A journal with wideranging coverage including French culture, language and society in all sections of the education system.

Persee and Cairn.info: French scholarly journals online

Isidore: gateway to French scholarly sources
Find literature and primary sources online
Gallica: the digital library of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

ARTFL Project:  "nearly 3,000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of 17th 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."

History of France: primary sources: full text of documents for French history from antiquity to the present.

Culture.fr: "le portail de la culture". Its collections contain millions of documents and images from various cultural institutions, all gathered in one website.

Europeana: a portal to the online collections of the most important cultural institutions of Europe, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Cité de la Musique, and some of the most important museums such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay.

Manioc: "bibliothèque numérique Caraïbe, Amazonie, plateau des Guyanes". A collection of text and multi-media resources, both primary and secondary, on the history of this region.

Wikisource: a free collection of French books in the public domain.

Portail Européen des Archives: numerous digitized sources

Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts: Roman de la Rose and Christine de Pizan works
Websites of interest
French Culture: the official website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

France.fr: multilingual gateway to all the internet resources of the French government. A good source to learn more about the country, to prepare for a visit or studies in France, etc.
Find French News
 For a broad coverage of the French language press see  Factiva
It includes articles from French newspapers and magazines.

Gallica hosts numerous titles from the 19th and early 20th century, such as Le Figaro, Le Temps, L'Humanité.
Find images and videos
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor ARTstor has over 82,000 images related to French art, culture and history. You can browse by geographic area.

For more images, search Gallica, Europeana or Culture.fr

Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA): online access to the INA's audiovisual archive. A large collection of audio and video clips on French popular culture, history, politics, etc.

TV5Monde Plus: watch French and francophone movies, series, and documentaries for free on streaming services.
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