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French Literature, Language, and Culture: Articles and Databases

Use this guide as a starting point for your research.

French Language Databases

History and Culture Databases

Drama Databases

Literature Databases

Databases are the most efficient way to find quality articles. It's important to use the most useful database for your particular topic.

Many of the article citations include a link to the full text of the article, in either PDF or HTML format..  If there is no full text link for an article, click on FIND IT     to discover if the article is available in full text in another of our databases.  If there is no FIND IT or full text link, click on the Interlibrary Loan link to request the article. 

The Search Tips on the Books page are also used for database searching.  

Full Database List

Online Databases

  • Gallica: Images et textes numérisés
    The Bibliothèque Nationale's fast-growing collection of digitized materials. Worldwide Internet access.
  • Littérature de l'Afrique noire
    This large-scale scholarly enterprise gathers together French-speaking literature from sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Littérature de l’Océan Indien
    Francophone written and oral literature from the Indian Ocean, from the origins (18th century) to Independence (1960, or death of authors).
  • Manioc
    Digital library specializing in the Caribbean, the Amazon, the Guyana Plateau and regions or areas of interest related to these territories. The collection contains digitized texts, documents, audio, and video, as well as iconographic references to cultural, social, economic or political historical events.
  • Roman de la Rose
    Online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose. They currently have digital surrogates of more than 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and the collection continues to grow. This is a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.