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It is quite common for students to feel overwhelmed when conducting an initial search. Working with databases and understanding how to filter or narrow the results takes practice. Look for the following options to limit your results.
Databases for French
A multilingual, multidisciplinary database that covers journals, books, conference papers, and other materials in the humanities and social sciences. French language and literature is particularly strong.
MLA International Bibliography
Provides access to worldwide scholarly research in literature (including drama), language, linguistics, folklore, film, radio, television, and theater, representing all national literatures.
A national digitization project of French academic journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Provides full text access in PDF format.
Full-text access (with embargo) to French social science and humanities journals published by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
Primary index to materials for research in non-U.S./non-Canadian history, including social and cultural history. Includes abstracts (summaries) of journal articles. Covers world history from 1450 to the present.
International Medieval Bibliography
Indexes articles published in journals and in miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, collected essays, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues) published worldwide. All subjects relating to the Middle Ages are included, within the date range 400 to 1500 AD. Geographical areas covered are Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Citations to international scholarly journal articles, books, and dissertations on language and linguistics, speech, and communication. Particularly strong in applied and descriptive linguistics and psycholinguistics.
Provides access to scholarly journals in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others. Full text is available for titles marked with a green arrow.