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Primary Sources at Special Collections of UCLA

Primary Sources on CD-ROM

Primary Sources Online

    Databases included:
    - Main Database: ARTFL-FRANTEXT, over 3500 texts ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing from the 12th to the 20th century.
    - French Women Writers, over 100 works by French women authors from the 16th to the 19th century.
    - Provençal Poetry, 38 collections of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
    - Textes de Français Ancien (TFA), 103 works from the 12th through 15th century.
    - The Journal de Trévoux, ou Mémoires pour l'Histoire des Sciences & des Beaux-Arts. 109 volumes, 1751-1758.
    - Pierre Bayle, Dictionnaire historique et critique (5th Edition, 1740).
    - Louis Moréri, Le Grand dictionnaire historique, ou le Mélange curieux de l'Histoire sacrée et profane, etc. (1759).
  • Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langage franais depuis son origine jusqu'au sicle de Louis XIV
    Click on Accès aux bases de données on the opening page. The following databases are licensed for UCLA users:
    • Grand Corpus des littératures française et francophone, du Moyen Âge au 20e siècle
    • Corpus de la littérature médiévale des origines au 15e siècle
    • Corpus de la littérature narrative du Moyen Âge au 20e siècle
    • Corpus de la première littérature francophone d'Afrique noire, écrite et orale, des origines aux Indépendances (fin 18e siècle-1960)
    • Corpus de la première littérature francophone de l'Océan Indien, écrite et orale, des origines aux Indépendances (18e siècle-1960)
  • Corpus de la littérature narrative
    A full text database of French literature. It offers a digital library of about 1000 narrative works (novels, tales, short stories), mostly pre-World War I (with the exception of Proust) and focusing on the works of Balzac, Dumas and De Maupassant.
  • Electronic Enlightenment
    This database reconstructs the web of correspondance among the major figures of the long 18th century. More information about the database here.
  • French Women Writers
    Over 100 works by French women authors from the 16th to the 19th century.
  • Gallica
    More than one million digitized documents (books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, images, scores, sound recordings, etc.) at the French National Library.
  • Provençal Poetry
    38 collections of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Poesie francaise
    Searchable database. A selection of French poetry from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
  • Textes de Français Ancien
    65 works from the 12th through 15th century.
  • Europeana
    A digitized multimedia library of the European cultural heritage: digitized books, manuscripts, photos, paintings, maps, audio and film material, newspapers, etc.
  • EuroDocs, France
    Connects to French historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. From the antiquity to the present.
  • dLoC Digital Library of the Caribbean
    Resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean, many of them in French.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are documents or objects created at the time of the study, for instance, diaries, contemporary newspapers, journals, literary works. Statistics, surveys, and other data are also primary sources. Physical objects such as artifacts produced at the studied time period can also be used as primary source materials.

Tips:   Find names of authors who lived in the time period under study, and search for works from these authors in the Library Catalog.

            Try to find old imprints, rare books, archival materials if appropriate. Good sources are the Online Archive of California leading to resources in UCLA's Special Collections and the Europeana Library leading to digitized resources all over Europe.


Primary Sources on Microform

Some works can only be found on microfilm or in special collections and archives. The following list is a brief selection of the large microfilm set titles UCLA owns in the library or as a member of a consortium - in the Center for Research Libraries. Each set includes a large number of works.


French Studies

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E-Books on Renaissance Studies

The following series are available in electronic format through Classiques Garnier Numerique. Click on Collections Renaissance and select the individual title from the list.