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FREN 300: French Literary Studies

Getting Started With Subject Encyclopedias

Tertiary sources are excellent starting points! Subject encyclopedias, handbooks and overviews are scholarly, tertiary works written by experts on a variety of topics. These resources give you succinct overviews of your topic, explain scholarly arguments, point out interesting questions, and refer you to especially key sources. 

In Collins Library, the print reference collection is located on the first floor, and most of the online reference collection is available in one of the database collections listed below. Use Primo to identify subject encyclopedias in either format; or ask a librarian for recommendations.

Cambridge Histories

Each (often multi-volume) history in this series provides a big-picture perspective of its subject, introduces readers to existing scholarship, and proposes new trends in the field. 

Featured Books

Recommended Subject Encyclopedias

Working with Subject Encyclopedias

How might the following subject encyclopedia articles be useful for helping you explore significant authors, texts, and topics related to Francophone literature?

Use the following sources to identify 2 Francophone authors you might explore for this assignment.