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French Studies

This Guide provides a starting point for materials on French Studies.


Look for books at our locations: Reference (UW) or Main Stacks (UW).

Location Codes Explained (e.g. WCBC, CMU)

Library Catalogue

You can do a general search for books using our online Library Catalogue.

You can search by title, by keyword, by author name, or any combination thereof.

If you specifically want books as your format, check the box labelled "Book" on the lefthand side after you have done your search.



Accented Characters

Accented Characters

If you search for words that contain accented characters, WorldCat will automatically search for both the accented characters (é) and the non-accented character (e).

Shortcuts for French characters on an English Keyboard:

Lower Vowels
VwlALT Code
à ALT+0224
â ALT+0226
ä ALT+0228
è ALT+0232
é ALT+0233
ê ALT+0234
ë ALT+0235
î ALT+0238
ï ALT+0239
ô ALT+0244
œ ALT+0156
ù ALT+0249
û ALT+0251
ü ALT+0252
ÿ ALT+0255
Capital Vowels
VwlALT Code
À ALT+0192
Ä ALT+0196
È ALT+0200
É ALT+0201
Ê ALT+0202
Ë ALT+0203
Î ALT+0206
Ï ALT+0207
Ô ALT+0212
Ù ALT+0217
Û ALT+0219
Ü ALT+0220
Ÿ ALT+0159
Consonants, Punctuation
SymALT Code
Ç ALT+0199 (caps)
ç ALT+0231 (lower)
« ALT+0171 (Left Angle Quote)
» ALT+0187 (Right Angle Quote)

Subject Headings

WorldCat Subject Headings

When you look at a book or article in WorldCat, a list of related subjects will be displayed on the righthand side in a box called "More like this".

You can click on any of these to see resources on similar subjects.


Classic Catalogue Subject Headings

The subject search in our "Classic Catalogue" also works well for searching for books about a certain author or work.

For example, try searching "Moliere" or any other author you're researching. You'll find a list of subject headings for your author. "Criticism and Interpretation" is often a very useful sub-heading. Individual works, like "Le Tartuffe", are also listed here.

Keyword Searching

The most basic search you can conduct is a keyword search. To do this effectively, follow these steps:

  • Identify your topic keywords: These are your most important words or terms.
  • Create a list of possible synonyms: This will help you to broaden your search a little, if at first you have trouble. You can include synonyms in different languages.
  • Make sure your phrases are written in quatation marks (e.g. "capital punishment")
  • Use Boolean commands (AND, OR, and NOT) to build your search query.

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  • Put your lists of synonyms in parentheses

               (e.g.  ("cri╠ütica literaria" OR "literary criticism") AND Don Quixote  )

  • Try your search in a few different places (WorldCat Local, individual Databases, Google, etc.)

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