About This Guide

Welcome to the Subject Guide for French Studies!

View of the World's Fair, Paris, France, 1889 (engraving)

Vue générale de l'Exposition universelle de 1889, via Wikimedia Commons (public domain).

Compiled by your friendly librarians at the Wallace Library in collaboration with the French Studies department, this guide provides an overview of the core resources available to you at Wheaton. It is a good place to start your research. However, be sure to get in touch with your librarian(s) for help finding useful and interesting additional materials.

Get an Overview of Your Topic

Encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other reference materials provide an overview and background information on a topic, leads to other sources, and perhaps ideas for additional keywords you can use for more targeted searching.

Find Articles

Search these databases for journal articles on (relatively) specific research topics and state-of-the-art scholarship, from literature to linguistics, from history to contemporary political and social issues.

Find Books etc.

Use the library catalog to find books, music, videos, etc. at Wheaton, in other HELIN libraries and in libraries worldwide.

Find Primary Sources

This page can help you find primary sources like letters, diries, memoires, historical news articles, government documents, or statistics.

Get Citation Help

Check this page for links to citation style guides and citation management software. Scholarship in French Studies usually uses MLA style, except for historical scholarship, which uses Chicago. When in doubt, check with your professor(s) which citation style they prefer.