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FREN 012: Introduction aux études littéraires et culturelles françaises et francophones (SC): Home

French 012: Introduction aux études littéraires et culturelles françaises et francophones (Carina Yervasi)

Quick Research Tips

  1. Use relevant bibliographies.
    Once you have found a good article or book on your topic, look at the references that author cites.  You'll probably find many sources that you can use.  The author(s) may cite archival collections and primary source documents as well as scholarly books and articles.

  2. Search strategically.
    Spelling, word choice, and geographic names may have been different during the time period you are researching.  You may need to use these older spellings, foreign language spellings and variant terms to find relevant sources.

  3. Need background or biographical information?
    Browse McCabe's Reference Collection, look in the PQ40s-100s for books in print such as Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française: de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye or the Le Robert des grands écrivains de langue française. For literary figures, search in Literature Online (LION) or the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB).

  4. Get organized!
    Consider using Google Docs and EasyBib Pro to create, edit and format your work using MLA style. For more information visit the Tricollege EasyBib Pro introduction.

  5. Ask for help when you need it.
    Don't hesitate to ask a librarian or your professor for assistance with finding and analyzing sources.

Research help is available!

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I am glad to help you navigate the resources that are available to you.  Please don't hesitate to contact me about an appointment or send questions via email (pharris1). 

Here are some of the things that I can help you with (other Swarthmore librarians can as well):

  • Finding information (scholarly articles and books, primary source documents, multimedia)
  • Searching specific databases
  • Improving your search skills
  • Citing sources and creating a bibliography (MLA)
  • Organizing your research (EasyBib Pro or Endnote)

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