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There are many books about France that go unnoticed. The intention of this page is to provide a list of great books about France. Then there will be suggestions on where to find them. With the internet, there are so many sources for books at the tip of your fingers, there are no excuses for not finding a book you might want.

There are publishers of books in French. That might be a little bit much for you, but then who knows. Click HERE for publishers in the French Language.

Here is a list of books about France and French subjects.

French Language & Literature Subject Guide from Temple University

Finding Articles
Finding Theses and Dissertations
Finding Books and Journals
Selected Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Selected Websites

 

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Finding Articles

***Primary Databases***

Temple-only MLA International Bibliography
Index of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.5 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers. Coverage is international and subjects include literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included. In addition, the MLA Directory of Periodicals and the association's proprietary thesaurus used to assign descriptors to each record in the Bibliography are also included. Examples of titles offered in MLA International Bibliography include: Journal of International Folklore, Journal of English and German Philology, Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Language and Communication, Language Teaching Research, Modern Language Journal, etc.

***Important Databases***

Temple-only Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Also Known as Web of Science, and ISI Citation Indexes and includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Science Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

CESAR Database
Provides detailed information on the play, people, and performance spaces of French theater during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Indexes and Guides to Western European Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (available in print.)
Linguistics, literacy, language acquisition, speech and hearing, and language research.

***Related Databases***

Temple-only Academic Search Premier (full-text)*
Large multidisciplinary database

Temple-only Dissertation Abstracts

Temple-only Francis
Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities and social sciences. It is strong in religion, the history of art, and literature with emphasis on current research. 1984 to the present. Updated monthly.

Temple-only Humanities Abstracts
Covers a wide range of the Humanities literature from 1984 to present.

Temple-only ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
A collection of databases. Choose the ITER Bibliography for coverage of all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance from 400-1700

* (FT) means that a database contains some or all full-text access to articles.

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Finding Theses & Dissertations

Temple Theses and Dissertations: Use Diamond (Library Catalog).

Theses and dissertations shelved alphabetically by author, 3rd Floor East, Paley Library.

Additional copies available in Paley Microforms and Special Collections.

French -- Temple University theses.

Non-Temple Theses and Dissertations: Use   Temple-only Dissertation Abstracts.

Borrow non-Temple theses and dissertations using Temple's Interlibrary Loan.

 

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Finding Books & Journals

Books: Use Diamond (Temple Library Catalog).

Most French literature and books about French literature and the French language will be found on the 2nd Floor of Paley Library.

Books on other Temple campuses, use Intracampus Book Request Form.

Find books at other institutions: Non-Temple Library Catalogs.

For books Temple does not have, order through Interlibrary Loan.


Print and Electronic Journals: use Journal Finder and Diamond.

Use Journal Finder first, and if unsuccessful try Diamond.

Journals at other Temple campuses, use Intracampus Article Request Form.

If Temple does not have a journal, order articles through Interlibrary Loan.

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Selected Encyclopedia and Dictionaries

Dictionnaire des grandes (Euvres de la Littérature française)
PQ41.D528x 1992, Paley Reference--1st Floor

Dictionnaire encyclopédique de la littérature française
PQ41 .D54 1999, Paley--3rd Floor

The feminist encyclopedia of French literature
PQ149 .F47 1999, Paley Reference Stacks--1st floor

The New Oxford companion to literature in French
PQ41.N486x 1995, Ambler Reference Collection
PQ41.N486x 1995, Paley Reference Desk--1st floor

Search the catalog for French encyclopedias, dictionaries, literatry dictionaries, and other reference tools

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Selected Web Sites

French full-text material:

The ARTFL Project: American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, maintained by The University of Chicago, a large collection of searchable electronic texts.

L'Association des bibliophiles Universels (ABU) collection of public-domain French texts.

ATHENA, electronic archive of French texts and links to other sites.

French texts (WESSWeb): List of texts at various sites.


Web publications: French magazines and newspapers on the web:

Libération offers a wide assortment of articles on a daily basis. The site also includes an archive of selected Libération front pages.

Le Monde diplomatique is a fully searchable monthly publication covering political, economic, and cultural developments in France.


Items of related interest: cultural, historical, and social materials

Bibliothèque nationale de France: national library of France

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication: introductions to the French online. Includes current events, exhibitions, recent publications, and much more.

 

 

Where to find the book you want.

The best way to obtain a book to read is through the library in your town. Admittedly the computer card catalog might present a barrier to access for some users. But you are here on the computer. Chances are, that is not you. But if you do have a problem finding a book in your library, then ask a librarian. They are pleased to offer help in finding items in their library for you. The card catalog for your local library might also be online.

If you can not find what you want at your local library, ask your reference librarian about inter library loan. Many county libraries and even state libraries can access books from nearby libraries. They don't even charge you postage. Check into this. You might not have to buy the book you want to read. Red MORE about inter library loan. When you get to the Google search box, enter the name of your city and state to get nearby locations.

The Library of Congress in DC has most books. If you want to search for appropriate books, that card catalog might be a good place to start. Then if you know what you want, you are more apt to find it quickly. Also if you happen to be in Washington DC you can fill out a call slip at the LOC and someone will go looking for the book for you. No charge beyond taxes. Click HERE to be connected to the Library of Congress data base for a search.

There are books online available for a free download. The Gutenberg Project has an index. Click HERE to see it. Here is a sample.

About Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the world. Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who share his vision.
Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has the following figures (as of November 8th 2002): 203 New eBooks released during October 2002, 1975 New eBooks produced in 2002 (they were 1240 in 2001) for a total of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks. 119 eBooks have been posted so far by Project Gutenberg of Australia.

Click here for the full PG story and here for the latest News, and learn about the Stockholm Challenge Award recently won by Project Gutenberg in the category "Culture".

Other books can be read online. Click HERE to see what is available.

Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature

This page lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Translations are mentioned only when they are included in collections of original language texts, or when they are themselves of interest. Collections are listed more or less in order of size; individual authors are listed alphabetically. EuRoDocs lists many historical and social science texts in western European languages.

There are eBooks for downloading. Click HERE to see what is available.

Questia.com is a great resource for obtaining books online.

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There are many places to buy books. If you are looking for a used or new copy, try Amazon.com. Click HERE.

Here is a list of other locations on the internet where you can search for the book you seek.

Best Book Search ABE Books
Used Book Search
Amazon New Books
Harvest Books
Bibliocity.com
Publishers Weekly
Bookwire
Bookreporter

Colleges across the USA have indexes of various sorts to help students. Here are a few of these indexes of French subject books. Click HERE to see what is available.

 

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Books on France (regional):

Timeline; Michael Crichton; 2000 Paperback $7.19

$3$2.50used+4.48S&H=6.98 at Amazon 2 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 8$7.59 at 1BookStreet 3-7 days + transit time USPS (3-14) 4$4.31+4.24S&H=8.55 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 5$4.79+4.24S&H=9.03 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 8$7.99+3.50S&H=11.49 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 7$7.19+4.48S&H=11.67 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 7$7.19+4.48S&H=11.67 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) 8$7.75+5.50S&H=13.25 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) Fatbrain

In Tuscany; Frances Mayes   Bob Krist (Photographer); 2000 Hardcover $28.00

$19$18.90+4.24S&H=23.14 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 19$19.25used+4.48S&H=23.73 at Amazon 2 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 21$21.00+4.24S&H=25.24 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 24$23.50+5.50S&H=29 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 30$29.75 at 1BookStreet 3-7 days + transit time USPS (3-14) 28$28.00+3.50S&H=31.5 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 28$28.00+4.48S&H=32.48 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 28$28.00+4.48S&H=32.48 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) Fatbrain

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew; Peter Mayle; 2001 Hardcover $19.20

$13$12.96+4.24S&H=17.2 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 14$14.40+4.24S&H=18.64 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 17$17.25+5.50S&H=22.75 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 19$19.20+4.48S&H=23.68 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 19$19.20+4.48S&H=23.68 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) 24$24.00+3.50S&H=27.5 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 24$24.00+3.50S&H=27.5 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain 1BookStreet

Eyewitness Travel Guide: Paris (2000 Edition); DK Travel Writers; 1998 Paperback $19.96 See Nice. Rank: 1K

$10$9.99+3.80S&H=13.79 at Books-a-Million 28 in stock + transit time USPS (8-12) 11$10.95used+3.50S&H=14.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 11$10.99used+4.48S&H=15.47 at Amazon 2 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 18$17.97+4.24S&H=22.21 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 18$17.75+5.50S&H=23.25 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 24$23.70 at 1BookStreet 3-7 days + transit time USPS (3-14) 20$19.96+4.24S&H=24.2 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 20$19.96+4.48S&H=24.44 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 20$19.96+4.48S&H=24.44 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) 25$24.95+3.50S&H=28.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain

The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris; Edmund White; 2001 Hardcover $13.56 See Nice. Rank: 1K

$12$12.21+4.24S&H=16.45 at Books-a-Million ping + transit time UPS (3-7) 17$16.96 at 1BookStreet Out of stock + transit time USPS (3-14) 14$13.56+4.24S&H=17.8 at Books-a-Million ping + transit time UPS (3-7) 14$13.56+4.48S&H=18.04 at Amazon This title is currently on back order + transit time UPS (3-7) 14$13.56+4.48S&H=18.04 at BarnesNoble 1-2 weeks + transit time UPS (3-6) 13$13.25+5.50S&H=18.75 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 17$16.95+3.50S&H=20.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain

Savoir Flair!: 101 Tips for Enjoying France and the French; Polly Platt   Ande Grchich (Illustrator); 2000 Paperback $13.56 See Nice. Rank: 2K

$16$16.10 at 1BookStreet Out of stock + transit time USPS (3-14) 12$12.21+4.24S&H=16.45 at Books-a-Million ping + transit time UPS (3-7) 14$13.56+4.24S&H=17.8 at Books-a-Million ping + transit time UPS (3-7) 14$13.56+4.48S&H=18.04 at Amazon This title is currently on back order + transit time UPS (3-7) 13$12.95+5.50S&H=18.45 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 15$15.25+4.48S&H=19.73 at BarnesNoble 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-6) 17$16.95+3.50S&H=20.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain

2001 Timeless Tuscany Wall Calendar; Cal 2001; 2000 Wall Calendar $5.47 See Nice. Rank: 2K

$5$5.47+4.48S&H=9.95 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) Amazon Books-a-Million Powell A1Books Fatbrain 1BookStreet

Eyewitness Travel Guide: France (2000 Edition); DK Travel Writers   Deni Bown; 1998 Paperback $23.96 See Nice. Rank: 2K

$18$17.94used+4.48S&H=22.42 at Amazon 2 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 20$19.50used+3.50S&H=23 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 22$21.57+4.24S&H=25.81 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 21$20.95+5.50S&H=26.45 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 24$24.00+3.50S&H=27.5 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 24$23.96+4.24S&H=28.2 at Books-a-Million 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 24$23.96+4.48S&H=28.44 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 24$23.96+4.48S&H=28.44 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) 28$28.45 at 1BookStreet 3-7 days + transit time USPS (3-14) 30$29.95+3.50S&H=33.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain

Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy; Frances Mayes; 2000 Paperback $13.50 See Nice. Rank: 2K

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Rick Steves' Paris; Rick Steves   Steve Smith   Gene Openshaw; 2001 Paperback $13.45 See Nice. Rank: 3K

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2001 Timeless Provence Wall Calendar; Cal 2001; 2000 Wall Calendar $5.47 See Nice. Rank: 3K

$5$5.47+4.48S&H=9.95 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) Amazon Books-a-Million Powell A1Books Fatbrain 1BookStreet

Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France; Peter Mayle; 2000 Paperback $10.80 See Nice. Rank: 4K

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Timeline; Michael Crichton;  Glassbook $7.99 See Nice. Rank: 6K

$8$7.99+4.48S&H=12.47 at BarnesNoble Available for download + transit time UPS (3-6) Amazon Books-a-Million Powell A1Books Fatbrain 1BookStreet

Orgasmic Days in the South of France; Barbara Keller; 2000 Paperback $13.99 See Nice. Rank: 6K

$14$13.99 at 1BookStreet Out of stock + transit time USPS (3-14) 11$11.33+4.24S&H=15.57 at Books-a-Million 5-7 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 13$12.59+4.24S&H=16.83 at Books-a-Million 5-7 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 13$12.59+4.48S&H=17.07 at BarnesNoble 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-6) 14$13.99+4.48S&H=18.47 at Amazon 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-7) Powell A1Books Fatbrain

Timeline; Michael Crichton; 1999 Hardcover $21.56 See Nice. Rank: 6K

$3$2.90used+4.48S&H=7.38 at Amazon 2 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 10$9.95 at 1BookStreet 24 hours + transit time USPS (3-14) 10$9.95used+3.50S&H=13.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 19$19.41+4.24S&H=23.65 at Books-a-Million 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 19$18.95+5.50S&H=24.45 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 22$22.00+3.50S&H=25.5 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) 22$21.56+4.24S&H=25.8 at Books-a-Million 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 22$21.56+4.48S&H=26.04 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 22$21.56+4.48S&H=26.04 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) 27$26.95+3.50S&H=30.45 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain

A Goose in Toulouse and Other Culinary Adventures in France; Mort Rosenblum   Leigh Haber (Editor); 2000 Hardcover $20.00 See Nice. Rank: 6K

$21$21.25 at 1BookStreet 3-7 days + transit time USPS (3-14) 18$18.00+4.24S&H=22.24 at Books-a-Million 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 18$17.75+5.50S&H=23.25 at A1Books in 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 20$20.00+4.24S&H=24.24 at Books-a-Million 2-3 days + transit time UPS (3-7) 20$20.00+4.48S&H=24.48 at Amazon 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-7) 20$20.00+4.48S&H=24.48 at BarnesNoble 24 hours + transit time UPS (3-6) 25$25.00+3.50S&H=28.5 at Powell in 1-3 days + transit time USPS (10-15) Fatbrain

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