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Primary Sources at Special Collections of UCLA

Primary Sources on CD-ROM

Primary Sources Online

    A full text online database of thousands of French texts ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy.
  • Littérature française et francophone
    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 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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Katalin Radics

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Finding Books and Journals in Catalogs

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.


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