Subject Guide - French


EBSCOhost is a database that provides full-text articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and trade publications. Within EBSCO, you may choose to run a search through all of the databases, or select the database(s) you want.

Academic Search Elite
Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals. Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.

E-book Academic collection (EBSCOhost)
Among the 175,000 multidisciplinary eBook titles, 5,150 e-books will be accessible with information relevant to the researcher’s needs.

E-Book Collection (EBSCOhost)
Among this collection, you may browse the category “Study Aids & Language Learning” where over 1,200 eBooks on French language learning will be found. You may also search using keywords to find topics of interest.


This database hosts full-text, digital versions of books and academic journals primarily in the Humanities and Social Sciences. There are also journals in the hard sciences.

JSTOR journals or books can be browsed by Subject “Humanities” to find “Languages & Literature.” You may also search using keywords to find topics of interest.


Gale Academic OneFile connects the information you are looking for with tools that make discovery fast and easy. You will find this premier periodical resource that provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas. Journal articles and books can be searched by the subject “French.”

Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)

Tennessee Electronic Library provides a full list of databases by subject. TEL hosts a wide range of content including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test prep materials, federal census records, and more in every subject imaginable. TEL also connects searchers to results from a multitude of databases through the use of a powerful search engine tool that can be found under “All Resources.” The main page of TEL also has a basic search engine that connects searchers directly to articles and eBooks with keyword searches.

Access World News: NewsBank

This database provides access to newspaper articles from around the world. The search tools on this site allow you to pinpoint articles about your topic by geographic region, publication, date, and more.

It provides Hot Topics for faculty and students with an easier path to locating topics of interest related to current global issues, events and people for personal and course research.

It provides you with suggested search topics in a range of fields. Choose a broad topic (e.g. International Studies) and subtopic (e.g. France), and Access World News will search for recent articles in that area.

InfoBase: World News Digest

This is a database that contains six separate sub-databases: African-American History, Issues & Controversies, Infobasebooks, CREDO Reference, Today’s Science, and World News Digest.
is a good source for French prose and literature criticism books.

Dictionaries and More

Bab.La French Dictionary:

This resource includes French to English or English to French tools. This website also includes basic conjugation aids, and phrases.


This is a French Pronunciation Dictionary including useful phrases.

Foreign Service Institute language courses (free)

Six free language courses including Fast French.

Français Interactif

Français interactif was developed at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of French and Italian. This is a great free resource for French learners!

French ebooks from Project Gutenberg