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Background information and reference resources

Background information can help you prepare for further research by explaining concepts related to your topic, especially if you are researching an unfamiliar topic or discipline. Entries in reference resources tend to be short and can help you get started with research on a new topic, identify trends in a subject area, and define unfamiliar terms or people from your readings. Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and handbooks. 

General Reference Databases

Subject-Specific Online Reference Resources

Reference Books


French XX Bibliography
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PQ305 .F7


2001 French and English Idioms
CALL NUMBER: Ref. PC2640 .D42 2007

Streetwise French Dictionary/Thesaurus
CALL NUMBER: Ref. PC3741 .P5 2002

Grand Dictionnaire Français-Anglais/Anglais-Français (Larousse)
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PC2640 .G68 1993

Dictionnaire des Synonymes de la Langue Français
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PC2591 .L2 1865


Facts on File Companion to the French Novel
CALL NUMBER: Ref. PQ631 .T39 2007

Francophone Women Film Directors
CALL NUMBER: Ref. PN1998.2 .P27 2005

Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought
CALL NUMBER: Ref. DC33.7 .E55 2004

Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. DC33.7 .E53 1998


French Grammar: A Complete Reference Guide
CALL NUMBER: Ref. PC2112 .C26 2005

French Verbs and Essentials of Grammar
CALL NUMBER: Ref. PC2271 .O93 2008

Chronicle of the French Revolution
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. DC148 .C47 1989

Histoire de la Littérature Française
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PQ101 .P5

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French
CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PQ41 .N49 1995