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French and Francophone Studies: Articles

Finding Articles

Step One: Finding your database

You have a research topic and now you need a relevant database to search. To do this just turn to one of the side boxes for lists of relevant databases.  Remember - if one database isn't giving you the results you want, feel free to switch to another database.

Step Two: Finding online articles

There are three ways to find online articles:

  1. Directly through a database, which will provide a link to online articles through the Library's Discover Full Text (Note: it's in a blue box).
  2. Through the Library's Journal and Article Locator
  3. You can also search for journals (but not articles) via the Primo Library Catalog's Journal Search.
What if my article is not available online in full-text?

Step Three: Finding print articles

Not everything is available in electronic format. During the Covid-19 pandemic the Library will be providing scans of print articles in its collections. You can request scans via Document Delivery.


What if the library doesn't have an article?

Step Four: Interlibrary Loan

If your article is not available in full-text online and it is not available in print, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. Make sure to choose "Request a photocopy" and fill out the entire form, including the source of the citation. This process typically takes 7-10 days, so plan ahead! Interlibrary Loan will most likely deliver your article as a .pdf file to your email address.

French Databases

 ( UIUC ) brings together four platforms dedicated to electronic resources and academic information in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on French and Francophone studies. These are Open Edition Books,, Calendar and Hypotheses. At present the Library subscribes, which provides access to roughly 400 scholarly journals, and Calendar, which to date has published over 32,000 academic announcements. For more on Open Editions, go to their website at ( UIUC ) offers the most comprehensive online collection of Francophone publications in social sciences and humanities with more than 400 journals  from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers can be accessed by students, scholars and librarians worldwide. Users will find articles in via various UIUC Library search tools, such as the Library Catalog and Find Online Journals and Databses. 

Persee ( WWW )

Established in 2003, Persée is a joint service unit (UMS3602) that brings together the ENS of Lyon, the CNRS and the University of Lyon and is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI). Its main mission is to promote documentary heritage for the benefit of research by ensuring its dissemination, enrichment and preservation

Databases for European Studies

For more databases, go to Databases A-Z