Library Resources for French

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Subject Librarian Jeffrey Shane

Subject Librarian Jeffrey Shane

The Subject Librarian for Modern Languages is Jeffrey Shane. Don’t hesitate to contact him for assistance in finding information on your research topic.

He has written a Subject Guide to French Language and Literature that is on the library’s website. The items listed below are a small selection from that guide. Follow the link above for many more resources about French language and literature.

Please note: some of the resources listed below are available to members of Ohio University only. Off-campus users will be asked to log in and identify themselves as a part of Ohio University in order to access them.

General Library Tools

French Language

The call number range for French dictionaries is PC2601 through PC2699. There are many non-circulating dictionaries in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor of Alden Library. For volumes which you can check out, try the same call number area on the 7th floor.


We have many additional dictionaries. Here are links to listings in ALICE:

 WordReference Online Dictionary

For French grammar books, try these titles from ALICE

 Other Language Learning Books

The links below will lead you to other kinds of books, listed in ALICE, on various aspects of learning French:

French Literature


Literary Criticism: Journal Citation Databases

The MLA International Bibliography is the major database for modern languages and literature.

ArticlesPlus is a single search box for well over 100 different databases, including the MLA Bibliography (above), Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Humanities International Complete, and many other sources that are relevant for the study of language and literature.

Literary Criticism: Full-Text Sources

Though not as comprehensive as the MLA International Bibliography (on left), these sources will often help you get a good start at finding literary criticism–and they always have full text!

French Videos and Media


Alden Library has a large number of movies in French. This link will take you to a list of them in alphabetical order. Find more French video and audio on the Video and Audio page of the French subject guide.

In order to find links to French-language media (newspapers, radio, and TV), go to this page in the French Language and Literature Research Guide.