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French Language & Literature Subject Guide: Find Books & AV


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Call Numbers

To browse the books on French language and literature on the second floor of the library, or in the Reference section, use these call numbers:

French Language:  PC 2001-3761

French Literature: PQ 1- 3899

French Canadian Literature: PQ 3900-3919

French films may be found under a variety of call numbers depending on the type of film and topic. Only films based on French-language literary works will be under PQ. Search the catalogue using the Advanced Search and limit by type: DVD or video, and language: French. Films are shelved on the ground floor.

Use the Advanced Search option to limit a search by language.

Finding French-language Books & Films

There are several ways you can find materials in French:

1.) Select Advanced Search to limit a keyword search with the language limiter.
e.g. Paris in SUBJECT and French in LANGUAGE

2.) Use a French keyword.
e.g. symbolisme in WORDS or PHRASE

3.) To find films in French enter (dvd or video$) as keywords and limit to French language.
e.g. (dvd or video$) in WORDS or PHRASE and French in LANGUAGE

4.) You can also enter a keyword in any field and limit by format TYPE.
e.g. Paris in SUBJECT and dvd in TYPE

5.) To find films where French subtitles are available, include the keyword French.
e.g.  Berlin in SUBJECT and dvd in TYPE and French in WORDS or PHRASE

Catalogue Search Tips

Keyword Searching

A keyword search allows you to search for a word, words or a phrase anywhere in the library catalogue record (such as author name or words appearing in the title).

  • It's always a good idea when searching for information on a topic to use multiple search strategies and to account for variations in language, terminology, spelling, etc.

For example: modernism and (theatre or theater)

Starts With or Browse Searching

A Starts With (or Browse) search allows you to browse a list of titles, authors or subject headings that correspond to the information you provide.  This type of search is best used when you are searching for a particular title, author or subject.

Subject searches can be an effective way to find information about an author or topic. 

  • Subject searches use Library of Congress SUBJECT HEADINGS. These are standardized headings assigned to a book to describe what the book is about. A single book may have one or, more likely, several different Subject Headings.
  • Subject headings work pretty much the same way tags work on social networking or photo sharing sites: you can click on a subject heading to find other books on the same or similar topic (the same way you can click on a tag to find more photos of kittens).

To search by Subject in the Library Catalogue, click the Starts With button and then select LC Subject from the drop-down menu.

Useful Subject Headings when searching for information about an author and/or his or her works include:

    Name of author (Last name, first name)
    Name of author (Last name, first name) -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Name of author (Last name, first name). Title of a specific work.

For example:

    Ernaux, Annie, 1940-
    Ernaux, Annie, 1940- -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Ernaux, Annie, 1940-. Honte

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