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Syracuse University Libraries

French Language and Literature: FRENCH 400/600

This guide outlines key resources and strategies for searching French language and literature at the Syracuse University Libraries

Recommended Databases

Research Strategies

Familiarize yourself with your topic.  Be sure you are able to answer the following questions before beginning your research:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

Gather background information about your topic using reference sources.

  • Reference books provide important information on a topic, include specific details, and point to other useful sources of information.  They point the way into the core literature of a topic contained in books, journals, reports, and many other types of publications. They can also summarize, digest, or review the literature on a topic in ways that save you time and energy.

Review the database directory to the left and select the appropriate resources beginning with MLA. Searching additional databases will supplement and expand the content you are able to gather. 


Please email or call Barbara Opar ( or 443-3518) if you are having trouble finding the right information for an assignment.  You can also schedule an appointment if you need help using electronic resources or for more in-depth assistance with a research project.
InterLibrary Loan:
While the Syracuse University Libraries have extensive holdings in the area of French language and literature, certain kinds of resources may be limited or unavailable. ILL is a service available to help students and faculty obtain books on loan from other academic libraries. Periodical articles are provided free of charge in photocopy or digital form. Click here for more information.
Storage Requests:
Syracuse University Libraries store certain older or lesser used materials off-site. The forms for delivery from Hawkins or the Warehouse are available on the Library's home page.  Deliveries take place only Monday through Friday. Bound periodicals are now located at the Facility. Delivery is available Sunday through Friday. For further details, see Delivery Services.