Subject Guides



Academic Search Premier
An interdisciplinary database that provides full text articles.

Global Reference Center
Britannica's Global Reference Center is the home of comprehensive online content in a variety of global languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline.  In English only.

MLA Bibiography
Covers literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from 4,400 journals and series worldwide. Coverage from 1926 to the present.

Web resources

Alliance Française de Portland

Francophone Portals and Search Engines
Provides links to French language search engines

French Culture
Developed by the Cultural Services Office to the Embassy of France to promote the best of French arts, literature, and education to cultural and academic institutions across the United States. The Education section provides an inventory of internship, language and study abroad programs available to American students and teachers.

Le Monde
Direct link to Le Monde newspaper.

Best French Websites (By Professor Emeritus Jim Becker of the U. of Northern Iowa)


Encyclopædia Universalis accessible via the Global Reference Center (online)

Finding books

Search for French books:
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By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in Foxtrax. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.

France -- Civilization

France -- Social Life and Customs

French Language -- Readers

National Characteristics,  French 

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

Subclass PQ  
PQ1-3999 French literature
PQ1-771 History and criticism
PQ1-150 General
PQ151-221 Medieval. Old French
PQ226-317 Modern
PQ400-491 Poetry
PQ500-591 Drama
PQ601-771 Prose and prose fiction
PQ(781)-(841) Folk literature
PQ845 Juvenile literature
PQ1100-1297 Collections
PQ1100-1145 General
PQ1160-1193 Poetry
PQ1211-1241 Drama
PQ1243-1297 Prose
PQ1300-1595 Old French literature
to ca. 1500/1550  
PQ1300-1391 Collections
PQ1411-1545 To 1350/1400
PQ1551-1595 (14th-) 15th century (to ca. 1525)
PQ1600-2726 Modern literature
PQ1600-1709 16th century
PQ1710-1935 17th century
PQ1947-2147 18th century
PQ2149-2551 19th century
PQ2600-2651 1900-1960
PQ2660-2686 1961-2000
PQ2700-2726 2001-
PQ3800-3999 Provincial, local, colonial, etc.
PQ4001-5999 Italian literature
PQ4001-4199.5 History and criticism
PQ4001-4063 General
PQ4064-4075 Early to 1500
PQ4077-4088 Modern
PQ4091-(4131) Poetry
PQ4133-4160 Drama
PQ4161-4185 Prose
PQ(4186)-(4199) Folk literature
PQ4199.5 Juvenile literature (General)
PQ4201-4263 Collections
PQ4201-4204 General
PQ4205-4206 Translations
PQ4207-4225 Poetry
PQ4227-4245 Drama
PQ4247-4263 Prose
PQ4265-4556 Individual authors and works to 1400
PQ4561-4664 Individual authors, 1400-1700
PQ4675-4734 Individual authors, 1701-1900
PQ4800-4851 Individual authors, 1900-1960
PQ4860-4886 Individual authors, 1961-2000
PQ4900-4926 Individual authors, 2001-
PQ5901-5999 Regional, provincial, local, etc.

Google search: French

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