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French Literature: A Guide to Resources: Finding
Books

A guide to reference sources and databases available through the Cornell University Library

Basic Search Tips

CU Classic Catalog

Omit the initial article from title searches. In other words, don't include the initial word if it’s a, an, or the.

When you note down call numbers, be careful to indicate if the material is shelved in the regular, oversized (+), or double oversized (++) sections.

One way to browse subject headings is use the long view, then click on the subject heading.

To limit results to a particular language, click the post limit button and select the language of your choice.

If a record says networked resource, it may be available online, but not necessarily in full text. If the reference is to a journal, check to see which years the online version covers to make sure that the article you want is available in full text. If not, check to see if Cornell has a copy of the print version.

Browsing the Stacks

Library of Congress Call Number Ranges for Browsing:

French Language: PC 2001-3800 (6th Floor)
French Literature: PQ 1 - 4000 (3rd Floor)
French History: DC 1 - 989 (5th Floor)

Olin Library Stack Directory

Find books in the stacks

French Library Catalog

Gallica: la bibliotheque numerique  
Digital library of French and francophone culture maintained by the Bibliothè€que nationale de France. Contains numerous electronic texts, images, maps, animation, and sound files of French and other publications in history, literature, science, philosophy, law, economics, and political science.