French subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Databases for French

Academic Search Complete
(from EBSCO)
Full text for many journal articles covering social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals, plus indexes and abstracts
Film Index International General and bibliographic information on films and film personalities
International Film Archive Index to film and television periodicals, 1972-
MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) (from EBSCO) Modern Language Association index to material on languages, literatures and linguistics published since 1963.
Periodicals Archive Online (from ProQuest)


Access to the full runs of over 700 journals across key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences; the archive spans more than two centuries of content and multiple languages.
Web of Science (WoS) - part of Web of Knowledge This database indexes over 8,000 journals across all subjects and starts coverage in 1970. The index is divided into 3 sections, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Web of Science is a citation index as well as a bibliographic index.
Zetoc Current awareness service from the British Library. The service includes searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards. Personal current awareness services based on table of contents information from individually selected journal titles are also available.

List of useful journals

The following list gives a few examples of journals that are of interest for French studies. Many are also available in full text online. Check LibrarySearch for specific titles.

  • Bulletin of Francophone Africa
  • Bulletin d'informations proustiennes
  • Contemporary French and Francophone studies
  • Le Français dans le monde
  • French cultural studies
  • French studies
  • Journal of Beckett studies
  • Journal of European studies
  • Modern language quarterly
  • Poesie
  • Revue d'histoire litteraire de la France
  • Romance philology
  • Studies in French linguistics

You may also find you need to consult film studies journals, eg:

  • Sight and Sound
  • International Film Review

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