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French Field Examination - Research Guide: Home

This guide provides you with information and links in support of the French Field Examination

About this Guide

This very basic guide is compiled to serve as a resource for those who are preparing for the French Field Examinations.  Please note that, at this time, physical access to materials is unavailable, and libraries remain closed (due to COVID-19). Hence, in this guide, the listing of books available in our extensive collection of French publications is limited to books wih online access. 

We do have access to additional, significant collections of full-text French e-books via several online resources: see the Sections below: E-Books; E-Books - USC Databases.

(For a complete listing of free E-books collections at USC Libraries, see our Research Guide,  E-Books: Free E-Books Online.)

Please Note As some libraries will be closed and collections inaccessible, requests for chapters in print books and for articles will continue to be filled from USC print resources if available,  For more information see: COVID-19: Library Support for Online Teaching and Research 


Please do contact me - - if you have suggestions about this guide's contents, or to share any ideas that may enhance this guide. 


Essential Databases at USC

Essential Websites

ABU: la Bibliotheque Universelle. Since 1993 free access to e-books by French authors as well as links to French dictionaries and other reference sources. Search by author, or title, or key word.

ARTFL (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language). In addition to subscription services, ARTFL also supports many Public Access databases including the Dictionnaires d'autrefois, the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert, and the Bibliothèque Bleue de Troyes

Europeana  - Access to texts, videos, sound, and images from many European museums, archives, and libraries. It does not include collections outside of Europe, commercial projects, or websites other than libraries and museums.

Gallica  ​- The Bibliothèque nationale de France's digital library of texts and images from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. It is one of the major digital libraries available for free via the Internet. It provides access to any type of document: printed documents (books, press and magazines) in image and text mode, manuscripts, sound and iconographic documents, maps and plans. it is accessible in both English and French. Choose the Recherche avancée (advanced search) button to search the collection by title, author, subject or keyword, or browse by booksmanuscriptsimages, or maps.

WessWeb - French Literature, Linguistics, and Culture  -  Online Text Collections in Western European Literature.


DOAB Directory of Open Access Books.  The Directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access, and meet academic standards. 

This Directory is the companion of DOAJ  (Directory of Open Access Journals) which indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. It can be searched by journal or by article (for an article search, search by title or author).

E-Books - USC Databases

General Studies E-Books

Danielle Mihram, Ph.D.

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Danielle Mihram
Leavey Library, LVL114

Subject Specialties:
---Digital Humanities.
---Project building and leadership, Digital Humanities.
---French and Italian Languages and Literatures.
---Manuscript Studies.
---Voltaire and the Enlightenment.

Research Consultations:
By appointment - schedule by email.