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Featured Databases and Search Engines

  • Persee makes available online runs of referenced, French-language journals in the field of the social and human sciences. Launched in 2004, the initiative is overseen by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research.
  • JSTOR A multidisciplinary database that includes many journals relating to French Studies, Language, and Linguistics. Note that JSTOR does not include the most recent issues of journals.
  • Project MUSE A full-text database that contains articles in the humanities and social sciences. Includes several French Studies journals.


Discipline-specific research databases (literature, film, history, etc.) Open Access Scholarly Journals
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1980-present) - A major index to thousands of humanities journals. Available online via the Web of Science (select the Arts and Humanities Citation Index).
  • MLA International Bibliography (1963-present)
    Critical scholarship on literature, languages, linguistics and folklore. Tip: in the Search Options, you can limit your results to the French language.
  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text (1980 - present) - Film and television theory, production, cinematography, reviews, and more. Some full-text is available.
  • Historical Abstracts (1954- ) Indexes and provides abstracts for articles on the history of the world (other than the US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.

Journals and News

Students can receive full access to journals and articles through LITS. Some examples of French journals that Mount Holyoke subscribes to are:

  • 24 Heures
  • Agence France Presse
  • L'Economie Politique
  • Women in French Studies

Fun fact: There are over 200 French language journals available in a variety of subjects ranging from current news to economics to area studies!


Finding the full text

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