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Lettres françaises | French literature

Michael David Miller

Liaison librarian

  • michael [dot] david [dot] miller [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7440
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  • Catalogue record

Sources for Background Information

Literary Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

La Francophonie: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Language Dictionaries

Translation and Terminology Dictionaries

Searching the Library Catalogue

WorldCat - Library Catalogue/Discovery Tool

  • Finding Books, etc
    Use WorldCat to find books, journals, articles, and other resources, in both print or electronic format. Your search will cover McGill's entire collection of resources, and can be expanded to include the collections of libraries worldwide.

Classic - Library Catalogue

  • Finding Books, etc
    Use the classic catalogue to search for print books, journals, DVDs, and other items that are in McGill's collection.

Core and Additional Databases

Note: Several excellent article indexes for French Literature are available in print format only.

Article Indexes - In Print

Article Indexes & Full-Text Databases - Online

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science) The Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It covers over 1,600 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. It also indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,000 major science and social science journals. Also a great tool for cited reference searching.
  • Bibliographie de la littérature française (BLF) Sometimes referred to as “Rancoeur" after its original bibliographer, the Bibliographie de la littérature française is an inventory of studies that have appeared in France and abroad since 1998 concerning French and Francophone literature from the sixteenth century to the present day. It is an important resource for anyone carrying out research on a writer, theme or period from French or Francophone literature.
  • Bibliographie internationale de l’humanisme et de la Renaissance This database contains all forty-three volumes of the Bibliographie Internationale de l’Humanisme et de la Renaissance (B.I.H.R.) published by the International Federation of Societies and Institutes for the Study of the Renaissance. These volumes list books and articles on Humanism and the Renaissance written between 1965 and 2012 by year of publication. Their 280,000 entries and 20,000 names are easily searched.
  • FRANCIS FRANCIS is a multilingual, multidisciplinary database covering the humanities and social sciences. FRANCIS is strong in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, religion, and sociology. The database contains more than 1.8 million records with abstracts in French or English, subjects in both languages, and includes coverage of journals, books, conference papers and other documents.
  • Humanities Full Text (H.W. Wilson) This database offers full text for many of the most important academic sources in the humanities. Humanities Full Text provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas and more.
  • International Medieval Bibliography The International Medieval Bibliography is published by the International Medieval Institute at the University of Leeds and covers all aspects of the European Middle Ages.
  • ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance ITER is a bibliography of more than 1.1 million citations for secondary source material about the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. It includes citations for books and journal material, as well as citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books.
  • Klapp-Online (A.K.A., Bibliographie d’histoire littéraire française). Referred to as the "Klapp" after its original compiler. Covers all periods of French literary history, plus cinema and French culture. Considered the most comprehensive bibliography on French literature. The bibliographic years 1991 - 2012 are accessible electronically.
  • MLA International Bibliography The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for scholarly books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics, which have been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926. Contains material on literature from all over the world in several different languages.
  • Repère Repère is a multidisciplinary bibliographic database containing more than 550,000 references to articles from French-language periodicals published since 1980. Good source for locating articles published in Quebec journals.
  • Translation Studies Bibliography Translation Studies Bibliography is an annotated bibliography of the field of Translation and Interpreting Studies. The following categories of publications are included: journal articles, monographs, articles from collective volumes, reviews, reference materials, dissertations and unpublished manuscripts.

Primary Sources

Periodical Archives

Theses and Dissertations

French Language Newspapers


Library Catalogues

Books in Print Catalogues

Selected Internet Sites



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