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Language Reference Tools

Le Trésor de la Langue Française informatisé
The ultimate authority on the French language in 16 volumes, now available online!

English-French, French-English, French definitions, French synonyms, verb conjugations – the indispensable companion to your French homework. 

Dictionnaires d'autrefois
From the ARTFL Project, search 3 centuries of French dictionaries with one query. Find out if that word means the same thing now as it did then, BEFORE you write your paper! 

Le point du FLE
Le point du FLE is a collection of substantive links for teachers and students of French. Check under the category "activités" on the menu on the left.

Lexique des termes littéraires
In French. Crosslinked definitions of literary terms, from allégorie to zeugma. Be sure to check out the "recherche thématique" option.

Figures de rhétorique et procédés littéraires
A useful introduction to basic literary terminology, with examples, by Emile Simonnet, professeur agrégé de Lettres Classiques, Saint-Etienne.

Library Catalogs

Penrose Library Catalog
Our very own library, complete with books!

Summit is a library catalog that combines information from Pacific Northwest academic libraries into a single unified database. Whitman faculty and students may request these materials through an online form; items normally arrive within three days.

WorldCat bibliography
WorldCat contains bibliographic references for all material cataloged by OCLC member libraries worldwide, including books, manuscripts, articles, chapters, papers, maps, journals and magazines, websites and internet resources, computer programs, musical scores, microfilms, slides, newspapers, sound recordings, videotapes and dvds.

MLA bibliography
The MLA bibliography indexes critical books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Bibliotheque Nationale (National Library of France)

Full-Text Databases

The ARTFL Project
Full-text database of nearly 2000 texts in French, including novels, verse, theatre, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts.

The ARTFL project also offers a number of other full-text databases in French. Check out Collections of texts to find:

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Other full-text resources in French:

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