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French Language and Literature: Reference Sources Online

  • Use reference sources for definitions, concise biographies of authors, and lists and overviews of their works.
  • These are online. We have many more in print which can be found through MultiSearch or GIL-Find.

Reference databases

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism: Extensive essays on major critics, movements, and schools of thought.

Literary Reference Center: Includes author biographies, criticism, plot summaries and book reviews.

Literature Resource Center: Similar to Literary Reference Center. Contains several major biographical dictionaries, including The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, and the Twayne's Author Series.

The Literary Encyclopedia: A growing list of entries on authors, literary works, and related historical events. The authors covered either write in English or have been translated into English.

PC: Romance languages

Reference ebooks: Linguistics

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