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​French Language and Literature Research Guide

Reference Materials

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography -- The hundreds of volumes in this series give overviews of the careers of writers from all eras and genres, including journalists and screenwriters.  Each entry has bibliographies of the author's works and of secondary literature, and gives the whereabouts of the author's papers.  To find the volume(s) with material on a particular author, search for "Dictionary of Literary Biography" in the library's catalog, and keyword "author's name."  Cumulative indices for the entire series are found at the front and back of each volume and here.   

Dictionaries and Grammars

Following is a sample of the dozens of various dictionaries held by the library: historical, contemporary, regional, colloquial, etymological, Quebecoise, bilingual, etc.  To see the full selection, perform a search in the library's catalog with "French Language -- Dictionaries" as the subject. 

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