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FREN 102: Beginning French: Getting Started

Resources for your oral presentations!

Use this guide to get started with your research for FREN 102: Beginning French!

Use the resources below to learn more about the topic that you have selected for your presentation.

Subject Encyclopedias for French History and Culture

Subject encyclopedias are excellent starting points for your research.  Scholars write the entries, which typically offer not only an overview of the topic (the who, what, where, and when), but also an account of how experts and others have interpreted the matter over time.  

Start with these subject encyclopedias and branch out as needed. 

Print encyclopedias and dictionaries are located on the first floor of Collins Library.

Country Information: Pays Francophones

This is an excellent place to start researching France or a Francophone country!  Choose the entry for your country, and then dig down into its history, geography, economy and much more.  Europa also has a tool that will create graphs of comparative statistics between your country and others in the region.

Online Reference Collections

Not sure where to look?  Each of these online collections will introduce you to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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Peer Research Advising

Spring 2022

Kai Bahls and Maya Horten are your Peer Research Advisors for 2021-22! 

You can schedule an appointment with them here.

Kai and Maya are available in Library 146 for drop-in hours at the following times:

Sunday: 6:00-9:00pm

Monday: 6:00-9:00pm

Tuesday: 6:00-9:00pm

Wednesday: 6:00-9:00pm

No appointments necessary, just drop by!