Depending on the database, there are a few strategies to find resources written in French:
Be aware of databases that auto correct French words to similar English words.
For this course, most of you will want to start your search with the MLA International Bibliography, Literature Criticism (literature and linguistics), and/or Historical Abstracts (world history).
When searching for articles, click on the "check for full text" link to see if Collins Library has the journal or you need to order it through interlibrary loan.
In most cases, you'll be better served by searching the subject databases above. However, if you have a topic that is very multidisciplinary, searching these electronic journal collections might be useful.