Skip to Main Content

French Language & Literature: Find Books


Types of Books you may encounter: 

Anthology - A  published collection of articles or writing.

Scholarly Books - Sometimes called 'Monographs', these books are written by scholars and experts in French intended for other specialists in the field. Scholarly books are typically published by a university press or other scholarly publishing house. 

Primary Sources - Though many books are secondary sources, some books can be considered primary sources.

Some examples of primary source books in French include: 

Original Literature (sometimes called seminal texts such as Plato's Republic) - Secondary sources can also be seminal sources. Seminal just means “universally recognized as something everyone should read.


Reproduction of Diaries, essays, and other personal manuscripts.

Suggested Search Terms for Catalog Searching

Catalog Search for Books in French

Searching for Library Sources

To look for books, use the library catalog (see above) to type in searches. Our search catalog works best with "subject terms" or keyword terms that are tagged to each book in the library. Below are some examples of subject headings related to French literature: 

su: France

su: Haiti

su: LITERARY CRITICISM European French

su: French fiction

su: French colonies

su: France Colonies History

Other acceptable subject headings include: Author(s), literary movements, etc. 

If you feel more comfortable browsing the book stacks, below are useful call numbers for reference: 

Useful Call Numbers

DC1-947 History of France

DC44-59.8 Military, naval, and political history. Foreign relations

DC60-109 Early and medieval to 1515

DC110-433 Modern, 1515­

DC251-354.9 19th century

DC361-424 20th century

DC425-433 21st century

DC600-801 Local history and description

DC921-930 Andorra

DC941-947 Monaco

PQ1-3999 French literature

PQ1-771 History and criticism

PQ1300-1595 Old French literature

PQ1600-2726 Modern literature


eBook Collections


Profile Photo
Fernando Gonzalez
600 West Walnut Street