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FRENCH STUDIES: SUBJECT GUIDE: Books & More

Research starting points for French Studies

Quoi de neuf?

Listed here are just a few of the books that were added recently to the Collins Library collection. Use Primo Search to find many more titles available through the library.

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Call Numbers to Browse

If you're interested in a broad topic in French Studies, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:

  • DC:  French history
  • PC 2001 to PC 3761: French language and linguistics
  • PN 1993.5 to PQ 1998.3:  French film
  • PQ 1 to PQ 3999:  French literature
     

Locations of print books:

  • New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

Collins Library, like most academic libraries in the United States, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to describe the content of books. If you are researching an author about whom much has been written, you can use Library of Congress Subject subheadings to help pinpoint your search.

You only need to be an observant user of Primo -- not an expert in the use of subject headings -- to make them work for you. Availing yourself of frequently used subject headings will help you locate secondary sources easily. When you find an item that seems relevant, look at its subject terms to find similar items. To do this, check the "Item Details" and simply click on one of the subject headings listed in the record for the book; the next screen will list all the books that share this subject term.


Here are several examples of various ways of narrowing your search for books on Balzac:

Balzac, Honoré de -- Criticism and interpretation

Balzac, Honoré de -- Comédie humaine

Balzac, Honoré de -- Characters -- Women

Balzac, Honoré de -- Knowledge -- History

Balzac, Honoré de -- Père Goriot

Documentaries & Educational Films

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Academic Video Online is a streaming video service, which provides access to a broad spectrum of educational and documentary content, spanning subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

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E-books

E-books in Collins Library are fully integrated into Primo Search! 

Consult the e-books guide to find out more about finding and using our growing e-book collection.

Cambridge Companions

Cambridge Companions are a series of authoritative essay collections that synthesize the most important aspects of a topic. Each volume is edited by a leading scholar in the field and offers essays written by experts. Look for Companions on specific authors, genres, themes or movements, and time periods. 

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian
email: kcurtis@pugetsound.edu
Schedule an appointment
tel: (253) 879-3672
office: Collins Library 140

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