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Subject guides: French

Introduction
French section

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

The principal collection for French is in the Main Library (in the Wilkins building); but there is also relevant material in the Science Library (in the DMS Watson building), and in the Environmental Studies Library (in the Bartlett School). See separate pages for maps and opening hours.

To locate books, remember to use Explore, the library catalogue. Explore will give details of the library site and collection in which the book can be found.

Book collections

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves (called Garside classification). The Classmark for a book generally consists of a subject (indicating a collection within the library) followed by letters and numbers; e.g. FRENCH A 45 FOR for a book on French cultural history or FRENCH K 110 for a work by Molière.

An outline of the classification system for French is available here.

Click here for instructions on how to find a book.

Some of the main sections you are likely to need are:

ART (Main Library, South, 1st floor): includes Film Studies

ECONOMICS (Main Library, South, 1st floor): books and periodicals on economic theory and practice.

HISTORY (Main Library, South, 2nd floor): includes a good collection on French political, social and economic history.

LITERATURE (Main Library, North Corridor): books on literary topics not specific to any one language, literary theory, translation theory etc., and a small collection of French literature translated into English.

PHONETICS & LINGUISTICS (Main Library, South, 1st floor): books and periodicals supporting the theory and practice of language study.

ANTHROPOLOGY (Science Library, 1st Floor): includes Gender Studies.

GEOGRAPHY (Science Library, 1st Floor): includes a good collection on French social history.

Older or lesser-used material marked on the Explore with the word STORE should be requested online via Explore or by using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about Stores.

Periodicals (also called journals)

ROMANCE PERIODICALS, containing journals on French, Italian and Spanish studies, are shelved in the North Corridor of the building. Periodicals are usually available for loan, although this may be restricted to overnight access. For electronic journals, see below.

The HUMANITIES PERIODICALS (formerly called ARTS periodicals), a collection of mainly interdisciplinary titles in Arts and Humanities subjects, are shelved in the Main Library, 2nd Floor, at the far end of the Jewish Studies library.

Click here for instructions on how to find printed and electronic journals and journal articles.For electronic journals, see below.

Films

Films are shelved at the Issue Desk and can be taken home or watched in the viewing room off the Main Library Reference Room. Headsets and remote controls can be borrowed from the Issue Desk. To find a film on the catalogue, use the "audiovisual" option from the home screen; type your search term - GODARD or JULES JIM, plus the word DVD or VIDEO if you want to specify the format.

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Electronic collections

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your user id/password for computing services in order to gain access to them.

Indexes and Abstracts

Among the bibliographic indexes which the Library offers are:

Click here for a complete list of databases available at UCL.

Electronic journals

A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from the list of electronic journals on the Library's web pages where you will find details of access arrangements for each title.

Of interest in language and literature is the range of titles available in JSTOR - a project to store long back runs of selected journals in electronic form, e.g. Modern Language Journal 1916 - 2000.

Exam papers

Copies of College examination papers for undergraduate courses are available on the Web.

Printed copies of the French papers are held in the Main Library, Photocopying Room. Older ones can be requested from Store.

Web resources

La Médiathèque, part of The Institute Français in London, is one of the largest French libraries in the UK.

Larousse searchable onlineencyclopedia and dictionary.

LITAF : Littérature Africaine Francophone a searchable database of Sub-Saharan literature.

 

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Other libraries

Senate House Library (Senate House, Malet Street) has a strong collection in languages, the arts and social and historical sciences, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.

Click here for more information about the use of other libraries.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for French:

Giulia Garoli
E-mail g.garoli@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32595; external: 020 7679 2595

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