Internet sites for France and French studies

  • Many French resources are freely available on the Web and some selected sites are listed below.

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    • Electronic texts collections in Western European literature a gateway to literary, historical, and social science texts online in French and other languages.
    • Gallica at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France is a digital anthology covering many subjects including literature, history, science, philosophy, law, economics and political sciences. It provides free online access to 70,000 digitised works selected from the digital library of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, including an extensive collection of French texts by writers such as Proust, Balzac, Diderot, Corneille. There are also over 80,000 images and a huge collection of sound resources.
    • Magazine littéraire is a French literary and cultural journal. As well as essays on French literature and culture, the magazine publishes extended 'dossiers' on particular themes and the work of individual figures. Note that the library does not have a subscription to the full-text of this journal.
    • Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or etexts). The collection provides access to more than 10,000 eBooks, most of which are older literary works. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use.
    • offers extensive resources on French literature. It produces a bulletin and a 'revue' and the site also acts as a gateway to other websites on French literature.