French Culture III

Course #: FR234-BR

Finding books about 19th-century French culture

  • Search Laurier’s Primo library catalogue for books on your topic. The default search is both books and articles so choose the “books” tab if you want to eliminate articles
  • You can start with broad keywords (e.g. “French salons”) and then narrow down your results by clicking on one of the “refine your results” links on the left-hand side of the screen. For example, you can click on the subtopic “Paris (France)”
  • You can also limit your results to the Brantford campus and/or books published within a specific time frame (e.g. works published after 2000)

Finding books about 19th-century French novels

  • If you want criticism about a novel, you may find a chapter in a book about the author rather than an entire book devoted to a single novel
  • Therefore it is helpful to search for the novelist, not the novel (e.g. “Gustave Flaubert” rather than “Madame Bovary”)
  • Refine your results by clicking on the author's name on the left-hand side of the screen (e.g. “Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880”), and then again by the name and “criticism and interpretation.” (e.g. “Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880 -- criticism and interpretation”)

Finding eBooks

  • Laurier's eBooks are just as scholarly as our print books
  • They are available 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Some of our ebooks can be downloaded and read on mobile devices (but not on the Kindle). If a book is downloadable, it will have a download link
  • View a video tutorial on finding eBooks

Can't find it at Brantford? Request it

Finding articles about 19th-century French culture

Finding articles about 19th-century French novels

Too many search results?

  • If you get too many search results, use narrower search terms (e.g. “Paris” instead of “France”)
  • Try adding more concepts to your search. Adding more terms that are linked by “AND” will decrease your number of search results (e.g. “France” AND “nineteenth century” AND “fashions”)

Too few search results?

  • Think in terms of broader categories (“France” rather than “Paris”)
  • Add alternate terms for each concept (“France” OR “French”). Adding more terms that are linked by “OR” will increase your number of search results
  • TIP: Look at the bibliographies of the most pertinent books and articles on your topic. One author can lead you to others in the field

Need assistance with writing?

Need help with research?

  • Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page
  • Email me at pdewan@wlu.ca
  • Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
  • Drop in for help or make an appointment. My office is in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, on the lower level of Grand River Hall, room 108B
  • Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)

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