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French and Francophone Studies - A Research Guide to Resources: Databases at USC

This guide provides an overview of resources in French and Francophone Studies. It can be used in tandem with research guides specifically created in support of courses offered in the French curriculum.

About this Page

French and Francophone studies are multidisciplinary and require different research strategies depending on the scope and focus of any specific topic.   The USC Libraries provide access to over 113,800 serials in print and electronic formats.   The databases listed on this page provide only a small, illustrative, sampling of resources and research in French and Francophone studies published in journals, or available in collections, worldwide. 

Should you need assistance in locating specific materials relating to your research, or should you need assistance in defining your search strategy for an assignment, you are most welcome to touch base with me:

Databases in the Humanites - A Sampling

Most Frequently used Databases for Research in French and Francophone Studies

Caribbean Search  A multidisciplinary database that provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles pertinent to the countries and people of the Caribbean region. The collection contains over 730 Caribbean-focused scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reports and reference books making this the largest collection of full-text content available for the region.

Directory of Open Access Journals   DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Francis Produced by Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (INIST-CNRS). Multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities (63%), social sciences (33%), and economics (4%).

MLA International Bibliography     Index to scholarly publications in in literature, literary criticism, linguistics, modern languages, drama, folklore, film and video from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.

Modern Language Association     The MLA site contains information on over 6,000 journals and book series that fall within the scope of the MLA International Bibliography. Entries list editorial addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, frequency of publication, descriptions of scope, circulation figures, subscription prices and addresses, advertising information, links to online content, peer review, and submission guidelines. The directory also provides statistics on the number of articles and book reviews published each year, as well as how many are submitted.

Persee Makes available online runs of referenced, French-language journals in the field of the social and human sciences. Launched in 2004, the initiative is overseen by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research.

Project Muse covers e-journals covering the arts and humanities, social science, and mathematics. The journals are published by university presses, including the Duke University Press .  Provides full-text access to French journals in social and human sciences. Complete list of journals is available on the home page. Some of the journals are complete full text and some are partial full text. The project is an Open Access partnership between: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Ministère délégué à la recherche, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and Université d'Avignon.

Romanische Bibliographie = Bibliographie romane = Romance bibliography  Electronic Access

Print Resources at USC Libraries

Dissertations and Theses

DART-Europe E-theses Portal    DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and they participate in advocacy to influence future European e-theses developments.

Dissertations & Theses {Proquest]  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text. Nearly one million dissertations and theses are available for download in PDF format.

Open Access Dissertations aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1000 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 4,817,991 theses and dissertations.

Online Collections