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French language

Selected Web Resources

  • About the French Language. A compendious resource of French language and culture, including beginners French lessons (with audio), grammar guides, and a large collection of annotated links to sites on French language and culture, sorted by as many categories as you could think of.
  • The ARTFL Project Reference Collection (University of Chicago). The Project for American and French Research and the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL) is a cooperative project of Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française (ATILF), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and the Division of the Humanities, the Division of the Social Sciences and Electronic Text Services (ETS), University of Chicago. Reference collection including French Dictionaries from the 17th - 20th centuries, several Dictionnaires de l'Académie française, the new computerized Trésor de la Langue Française dictionary (TLFi), the digital version of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, full text version of Pierre Bayle's monumental Dictionnaire historique et critique (5th edition, 1740), etc.
  • ATILF: Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française. Research center for computerized analysis and processing of the French language, links to their online products (TLFi, FRANTEXT, MORPHALOU, SYNONYMES, etc.), in cooperation with ARTFL and with the Académie Française (French Academy).
  • Ethnologue. Languages of the World: Languages of France. Links to a language map and information on the living and extinct languages of France.
  • Fle.fr. A directory of language schools and courses teaching French as a foreign language, both public and private, and a collection of well-annotated resources for French teachers sorted by type. Website text mainly in French, with some pages in English, German, and Spanish.
  • Institut de Linguistique Française (ILF). French Institute of Linguistic Study. ILF's main objective is to define guidelines and maintain research support for the French language and research projects in French linguisitics. Links to 11 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) laboratories, resources and databases, and conferences and news in French linguistics. In French and English. 
  • Introduction à la linguistique française, by Greg Lessard (Queen's University at Kingston)
  • Tennessee Bob's Famous French Links. An extensive gateway with links to resources related to literature, culture, french language, worldlist  and more, this site is maintained by a professor of French at the University of Tennesse."


Digital Libraries

  • ABU: La Bibliothèque Universelle. ABU is a digital library of French texts in the public domain. It includes 288 texts by 101 authors. Access to specific works is available through a keyword search as well as alphabetical author and title indexes.
  • Gallica (Bibliothèque Nationale de France). A vast digital library project of the French national library, Gallica provides access to 90,000 texts, 80,000 images, and hours of audio files. It covers a time period ranging from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and a complete range of subjects, including history, literature, science, philosophy, law, economics, and political science. The intended audience is broad, including high school students, the general public, and university students and scholars. The user can access documents either by using a search interface or by browsing thematic categories. 

Indexes and Catalogs

  • ABES The catalog SUDOC (Système universitaire de documentation) allows to make bibliographical searches on the collections of the French university libraries and the other institutions of the higher education (8 million bibliographical notes, 25 million located documents).
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The homepage of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which provides access to various resources, including its online catalog (Catalog BN OPALE-PLUS). 
  • Persée Established by the Ministère de l'éducation nationale, Persée provides full-text access to the back files of French journals in the social and human sciences. The interface is available in both French and English.
  • Revues.org. Like Persée, Revues.org provides full-text access to French journals in the social and human sciences. It is possible to search all journals or a specific title. The entry for each journal title includes a timeline of dates for which only abstracts are available and dates for which full text is available.

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Last update: 11/04/2014 da System Administrators