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Electronic Resources for French Studies



Gateways and directories of Internet sources

Afrique francophone
List of links focused on "Francophone" Africa.

British Library: French Internet Resources
Includes a list of links to related resources on the web.

European Film Gateway (project ongoing)

Europeana: gateway to European culture
Includes links to digital images, texts, sounds and videos.

Gateway to research into women's history

Île en île  

Internet Resources in French
Maintained by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge.


Research training and online tutorials

Citing References Tutorial (INSRV)

Internet Detective

Internet for Modern Languages (Virtual Training Suite)

PORT (Postgraduate Online Research Training)
Also includes a section on French online resources.


Catalogues and electronic books

Bases de données documentation
List of databases provided by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France
The National Library of France website. Click on "Catalogue BN-OPALE PLUS" to access the library catalogue.

Blackwell handbooks on literature

Searchable online collection of 70000 resources at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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Societies and organisations

Franco-British Council
Produces lots of reports and provides links to various other related organisations.

Institut Français au Royaume-Uni
Founded in 1910, the Institut francais is the official French government centre of language and culture in London.

Ministère de la culture et de la communication

Ministère des affaires étrangères
French Foreign Ministry.

Modern Language Association 

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Society for French Studies
Based at the University of Leeds, the Society for French Studies is the oldest and leading learned association for French studies in the UK and Ireland and exists to promote teaching and research in French studies in higher education.

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Newspapers, TV and culture

Links to French language newspapers and journals online.

ICON (International Coalition on Newspapers)

Le Courrier International

Le Figaro



Le Monde

Le Monde Diplomatique

Le Nouvel Observateur

Le Soir - Belgique


Dictionaries and French language materials

About - French language
Includes French grammar, verb conjugator, dictionary, news, quizzes etc.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Cambridge Klett Compact Dictionary online.

Délagation Générale à la Langue Française
A website on the French language, minority languages, and related news and laws.
Free, very basic bilingual online dictionary.

French Language Guide
French language schools, dictionary, grammar, forum etc.

Oxford Reference Online - Bilingual Dictionaries
Our subscription includes access to The Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary and The Oxford Business French Dictionary.

Verbix - French
Online verb conjugator.


French search engines

Alice - Annuaire francophone

La Toile du Québec

Yahoo! France