FRENCH 102: Writing in French

Librarian for Romance Language Collections

  • Claude H. Potts
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About this Guide

Courses in the French 102 series introduce students to different modes of proposing and furthering a point of view or argument (whether in a critical essay, through dramatic metaphor, or in plays or short stories). Because of it's focus on literary research in French, this course guide may be useful for other courses such as French 118, 120, 123, 140, etc.

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Finding E-books

The Library offers over 130 e-book and text collections in specific subject areas. Many of these e-books also available through OskiCat and Melvyl. You can limit your search in OskiCat to "Available online," and in Melvyl to "Online resources."

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Several hundred thousand books in the public domain, from the Open Content Alliance (OCA). Includes many books from our collections.

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
1,400 titles on a wide range of subjects from the University of California Press. Includes about 30% of UC Press books, both in and out of print. Books can be viewed but not downloaded.

Article Indexes and Databases

Listed below is a broad selection of article indexes recommended for research in French Studies. For additional resources, please consult the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.



Bibliographie historique et critique de la presse périodique
... / par Louis Eugène Hatin. Paris: Firmin-Didot frères, fils et cie, 1866.
Doe Reference AP1.36.F8.H3
Bancroft Reference Z6956.F8 H2
Online via HathiTrust 

Bibliographie des révues et journaux littéraires des XIXe et XXe siècles / par Jean-Michel Place et André Vasseur. Paris: Editions de la Chronique des lettres françaises, 1973.
Main Stacks PQ281.A12.P4 v.1-3:1 (1973-1974)

French Literary Journals: A Selected Annotated Guide / by Anna Danuta Kaczynska Berkeley: University of California, Library, 1977.
Doe Reference PQ100.A12.K3
NRLF/Main Stacks PQ100.A12.K3

Repère. Edition abrégée. Montréal: Services documentaires multimedia: Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1994-  "Index analytique d'articles de periodiques de langue française" which continues Periodex, Radar and Périodex.
Doe Reference AJ7.I512 Periodical Indexes Latest 5 years
Main Stacks AJ7.I512

Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France. Paris: A. Colin, [1894-]
Continued in part by: Bibliographie de la littérature française (XVIe-XXe siècle).
Main Stacks PQ2.R51
Current issues in Heyns Reading Room and via CAIRN
BOUND 1(1894)-107(2007); later issues unbound.
CUMULATIVE INDEXES: 1(1894)-46(1939)

Les revues littéraires belges de langue française de 1830 à nos jours / Paul Aron, Pierre-Yves Soucy. Ed. rev., corr. et augm. par les auteurs... Vanleemputten. Bruxelles: Labor, 1998.
Main Stacks Z2405.A76 1998

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Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations

General and subject specific dictionaries in any language, dual language dictionaries, thesauri, dictionaries of quotations, and acronym lists.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.



Argot & français populaire / Jean-Paul Colin. Nouv. ed., enrichie et mise a jour / par Jean-Paul Colin. Paris: Larousse, 2006.
Doe Reference PC3741.C64 2006 Dictionaries

Le dictionnaire culturel en langue française / sous la direction d'Alain Rey. Paris: Le Robert, 2005.
Main Stacks PC2625 .D445 2005 v.1-4

Dictionnaire de l'ancien français jusqu'au milieu du XIVe siècle
/ A. J. Greimas. Paris: Larousse, 1969.
Graduate Services PC2889.G76
Bancroft Reference PC2889 .G76 1977 2e éd., rev. et corr.

Dictionnaire de l'argot français et de ses origines / Jean-Paul Colin, Jean-Pierre Mevel. Nouv. éd. mise à jour et enrichie. Paris: Larousse, c2001.
Main Stacks PC3741.C65 2001

*Dictionnaire de la langue française du seizième siècle / Edmond Huguet Paris: Champion, 1925.
Graduate Services PC265 .H7 1925  v.1-7 (1926-1965)

Dictionnaire étymologique de l'ancien français
/ Kurt Baldinger; avec la collaboration de Jean-Denis Gendron et Georges Straka. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval ; Tubingen: Niemeyer; Paris: Klincksieck, 1974-
Graduate Services PC2883.B3 1974 Dictionaries v.G1-10; H1-5; index G; G1-G3, H, I1-4, J1-5 (1974-2008)

Dictionnaire étymologique du français / Jacqueline Picoche. [Nouvelle presentation.]. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2006.
Main Stacks PC2580 .P48 2006

Dictionnaire étymologique et historique de la langue française / Emmanuele Baumgartner et Philippe Menard. Paris: Le Livre de poche, 1996.
Main Stacks PC2580.B38 1996

Le grand Robert de la langue française. Nouv. ed. augm. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2001
Doe Reference PC2625.R58 2001 Dictionaries v. 1-6 & online via Library Databases

An Illustrated Dictionary of French Similes / Keith Foley. Lewiston [N.Y.] : E. Mellen Press, 2000.
Main Stacks PC2440.F65 2000
Graduate Services PC2889.G74 2001

Multi dictionnaire de la langue française / Marie-Éva de Villers. 4é ed. Montréal: Québec Amérique, 2003. Collection Langue et culture.
Doe Reference PC2625.V54 2003 Dictionaries

Moyen français / Algirdas Julien Greimas, Teresa Mary Keane. Paris: Larousse, c1992, 2007.
Main Stacks PC2650 .G74 2007

Trésor de la langue française: dictionnaire de la langue du XIXe et du XXe siècle (1789-1960), publié sous la direction de Paul Imbs. Paris: Editions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1971-
Doe Reference PC2625.I41 Dictionaries v. t.1-16 (A-zzz...) (1971-1994) & online

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Biographical Sources



Biographical Dictionary of French Political Leaders Since 1870 / edited by David S. Bell, Douglas Johnson, Peter Morris. New York: Simon and Schuster, c1990.
Doe Reference DC342 .B56 1990

Dictionnaire biographique des femmes célèbres et remarquables de notre histoire / Marie-Paule Desjardins. Montréal: Guérin, c2007.
Doe Reference CT3270 .D47 2007

Dictionnaire biographique et géographique du nationalisme français (1880-1900): boulangisme, ligue des patriotes / Bertrand Joly. Paris: H. Champion, 1998.
Main Stacks DC342.1.J65 1998

Dictionnaire biographique illustré de la Commune de Paris de 1871 / Gerald Dittmar. Paris: Dittmar, 2004.
Main Stacks DC317.D577 2004

Dictionnaire critique de biographie et d'histoire. Jal, A. (Augustin); errata et supplement pour tous les... 2. ed. cor. et angm. d'articles. Paris: H. Plon, 1872.
Main Stacks DC36.J2 1872

Dictionnaire de biographie française / sous la direction de J. Balteau, M. Barroux, M. Prevost, et al. Paris: Letouzey et Ane, 1933.
Doe Reference DC36.D5 v.1-20, fasc. 115-117-

Dictionnaire des auteurs de langue française en Amérique du Nord / Reginald Hamel, John Hare. Montréal: Fides, 1989.
Doe Reference PQ3897.A12.H36 1989 & online

Dictionnaire des écrivains de langue française. / Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais. Paris: Larousse, 2001.
Doe Reference PQ41.B412 2001 v.1-2

Dictionnaire des femmes belges: XIXe et XXe siècles / sous la direction d'Éliane Gubin ... [et al.]; avec la collaboration de Marie-Sylvie Dupont-Bouchat et Jean-Pierre Nandrin. Bruxelles: Racine, c2006.
Main Stacks HQ1652.5.A3 D53 2006

Dictionnaire des intellectuels français: les personnes. les lieux. les moments / Jacques Julliard and Michel Winock, eds. Paris: Seuil, 2002, c1996.
Doe Reference DC33.7 .D48 2002

Dictionnaire des orientalistes de langue française / François Pouillon (éd.). Paris: IlSMM: Karthala, c2008.
Main Stacks DS32.6 .D53 2008

Dictionnaire des personnages de la Révolution / Roger Caratini. Paris: Le Préaux Clercs, c1988.
Main Stacks DC147 .C35 1988

Dictionnaire des philosophes / Denis Huisman, ed. 2ème éd. revue et augmentée. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1993.
Main Stacks B42 .D521 1993 v.1-2

Dictionnaire des rois et reines de France: quinze siècles de pouvoir royal / Françoise Guerard. Paris: Vuibert, c2005.
Main Stacks DC36.6.G84 2005

Dictionnaire historique et biographique de la Suisse, publié avec la recommandation de la société générale suisse d'histoire et sous la direction de Marcel Godet, Henri Türler [et] Victor Attinger, avec de nombreux collaborateurs de tous les cantons. Neuchâtel: Administration du Dictionnaire historique et biographique de la Suisse, 1921-33.
Doe Reference DQ51 .D55 v. 1-7 (1921-1933) + supp.

Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française: de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye / Christiane P. Makward et Madeleine Cottenet-Hage. Paris: Karthala, c1996.
Doe Reference PQ149.M35 1996

L'encyclopédie maghrébine / Achour Cheurfi. Alger: Casbah éditions, 2007.
Main Stacks DT184.C44 2007

Les Français qui ont fait la France / Philippe Boitel. Bordeaux: Sud Ouest, c2009.
Doe Reference DC36 .B658 2009

Index biographique français = French Biographical Index / Tommaso Nappo, comp..3ème ed. cumue et augm. Munchen: K. G. Saur, 2004.
Doe Reference DC36.I52 2004 v.1-7
Microfiche shelved under Microfiche28631 DREF.

Nouvelle biographie générale depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'à nos jours, avec les renseignements bibliographiques et l'indication des sources à consulter; publiée par MM. Firmin Didot frères, sous la direction de M. le Dr. Hoefer. Paris, Firmin Didot fréres, fils et cie, 1858-78 [v.1, 1862].
Main Stacks CT143 .N6 v.1-9, 11-46 (1858-78)

Nouvelle biographie nationale. Bruxelles: Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique: Diffusion P. Mardaga, 1988-
Doe Reference DH513.A3 1988 v.1-10 (1988-2010)

Le Robert des grands écrivains de langue française / Philippe Hamon et Denis Roger-Vasselin, eds. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2000.
Main Stacks PQ41.R634 2000

Who's Who in France / Paris: J. Lafitte, c1955-
Doe Reference DC705.A1.W5 latest year only
Main Stacks DC705.A1.W5

Library Databases

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

General or subject-specific encyclopedias, almanacs, and other collections of factual information. 



Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture / edited by Alex Hughes and Keith Reader. London: Routledge, 1998.
Doe Reference Hall DC33.7 .E53 1998 & via ebrary
Moffitt Reference DC33.7 .E53 1998

Encyclopaedia universalis. Paris: Encyclopaedia Universalis France, c1985.
Doe Reference AE25.E4 1985 v.1-22 + supplements v.1-2 (1990)
8th edition also available on CD-ROM at Doe Reference Desk
Doe Reference AE25.E4 2002 compu/d Discs 1-7

Encyclopédie du dix-neuvieme siècle: répertoire universel des
sciences, des lettres et des arts, avec la biographie et de nombreuses gravures
. 3e ed. Paris: Au Bureau de l'Encyclopédie du XIXe Siècle, 1867.
Main Stacks AE25.E5 1867 v.1-25

Encyclopédie nouvelle / publiée sous la direction de P. Leroux et J. Reynaud; avec une introduction de Jean-Pierre Lacassagne. Geneve: Slatkine Reprints, 1991. Reprint (facsim.) Previously published as Encyclopédie nouvelle, ou, Dictionnaire philosophique, scientifique,littéraire et industriel... -- Paris: C. Gosselin, 1836-1842.
Doe Reference AE25.E485 1991 v.1-8 (1991)

La Grande encyclopédie, inventaire raisonné des sciences, des lettres et des arts, par une societé de savants et de gens de lettres; sous la direction de mm. Berthelot... Hartwig Derenbourg [etc.] ...
Paris, H. Lamirault et cie, 1886-1902.
Doe Reference AE25.G7 v.1-31 (1886-1902)

Le Grand Robert des noms propres: dictionnaire universel alphabétique et analogique des noms propres: illustré en couleurs / sous la direction de Paul Robert; redaction générale, Alain Rey et Josette Rey-Debove. Nouv. ed. Paris: Le Robert, c1984.
Doe Reference AG25.G7 1984 v.1-5

Also included in the electronic version of the Le grand Robert de la langue française.

Larousse du XXe siècle / publié sous la direction de Paul Auge.
Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1928-33.
Doe Reference AE25.L28 v.1-6 ([c1928-1933])

Also available via the Networked CD-ROM Database on
Library Public Computers in Doe Reference Only
Doe Reference AE25.L26 2002 compu/d

Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies / edited by Mona Baker and Gabriela Saldanha. 2nd ed. London; New York: Routledge, 2009.
Doe Reference P306.E57 2009

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Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates

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This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.

Library and Course Guides for French Studies

Illustrations de Cy est la danse macabre des femmes, 1491. Bibliothèque nationale de France.Use subject guides and topical bibliographies, course guides, tip sheets, and general guides, created by librarians and library staff, to discover approaches to research.

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Formatting Citations

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Library Prize The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that show evidence of significant inquiry using the library, its resources, and collections and learning about the research and information-gathering process itself.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.
  2. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

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