French Language & Literature: Article Search

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Why Articles?

Articles appear in magazines, journals, periodicals, and newspapers.  Use articles for:

  • most recent research on a topic
  • coverage of very narrow topics
  • coverage of current events
  • contemporary accounts of past events and research

Search Strategies

Write down research questions for your topic and underline key concepts and keywords.  Think of broader or narrower terms depending on what search results you retrieve from those concepts and keywords.

Think of synonyms and alternative terms to search and refer to a Thesaurus for more ideas.

Remember that most databases have a list of suggested subject terms.  By choosing these, you can focus your search on articles most closely related to what you are searching for.

Scholarly sources for language & literature

The databases below provide strong coverage of scholarly journals in the fields of language and literary studies (some are already indexed in Quick Search, but some are not).

Many contain material in foreign languages, including French.  For more databases that provide access to material in French, click here.

Scholarly sources for history

The two big databases are America History & Life and Historical Abstracts:  both index articles about history going back to 1492, but they are complimentary in their geographic scope.  America History & Life covers the 'new world' of the North American colonies and their later emergence as nations.  Historical Abstracts covers the 'old world', Europe and Africa.

In addition to these two databases, below you'll see information about some specialized resources.  Some are only in print (apologies!).

Databases for French language sources

In addition to the databases listed above for language and literature, below are some other databases that have foreign language content.  Their subject emphases vary.

Getting the Articles

Two common ways to find out if the Libraries have access to the articles you need:

1) You are searching in an article database, but it doesn't have the full-text:  

Click on  Findit@MU button in the article citation. Another window / tab opens with two possible options:

  • Links indicating Find it @MU may have located one or more sources for full text of the article. Click on the links and follow the trail to the article. 
  • Links to search MARQCAT by the journal title or its ISSN number. The journal may be available in print or electronically through a source not searchable by Find it @MU.

2) You already have a specific citation and aren't currently searching in a database:

  • Search for the journal title in MARQCAT, the library catalog;
  • Do not search the title or author of the article, MARQCAT doesn't contain article level information.

The MARQCAT record will indicate what years we have in print and/or online, providing call number locations for the print and links to the e-journal.  Once at the e-journal, navigate to the volume, issue and page that you need.

Didn't find the journal using Find it @MU or MARQCAT?  Request the article through Interlibrary Loan. This can be done directly from the link at the bottom of the Find it @MU window or tab.