James H. Thomason Library

Course Guide
403 : Eighteenth-Century French Literature

Carnival at Paris. Etienne Jeaurat , 18th C. 
Repository: Musee Carnavalet. Image source:
Artstor Image Database

Background Information
  Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
 Locating Books
  PASCAL catalog
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles
  Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Internet Resources
       Open Web Resources
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Reference Sources  
French Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   back to top

Le Grand Robert de la Langue Française. Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2001.
Main Level, Reference
: R 440.3 R54G
[6 vols]

Le Robert des Grands Ecrivains de Langue Française. Sous la direction de Philippe Hamon et Denis Roger-Vasselin.  Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, 2000. Main Level, ReferenceR 840.9 R54R

Dictionnaire des Ecrivains Français.  Jean Malignon  Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1995. 
Main Level, ReferenceR 840.9 M295D  [2 vols]

La Littérature Française de A à Z. Sous la direction de Claude Eterstein. Paris: Hatier, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 840.3 L718L

Dictionnaire des Structures du Vocabulaire Savant: Eléments et Modèles de Formation. Henri Cottez.  Paris: Le Robert, 1982.     Main Level, Reference R 440.3 R54D3 v.7

Vocabulaire de l'Analyse Littéraire. Daniel Bergez, Violaine Géraud, Jean-Jacques Robrieux; sous la direction de Daniel Bergez.  Paris: Dunod, 1994.    Main Level, Reference: R 840.3 B453V

501 French Verbs Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses in a New Easy-to-Learn Format Alphabetically Arranged. 4th ed. Christopher Kendris.  Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 1996. Main Level, ReferenceR 448.242 K349F

EBOOKSCollins French Dictionary Plus [CREDO Reference database]. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.

Provides tabs for English-to-French and French-to-English searching.

EBOOKS The Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary (French-English [or] English-French)

 [Oxford Reference Online]. 3rd ed. Jean-Benoit Ormal-Grenon and Natalie Pomier, editors. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Dictionnaire Philosophique, Comprenant des 118 Articles Parus sous ce Titre du Vivant de Voltaire avec Leurs Suppléments parus dans les Questions sur l'Encyclopédie. [Avec introduction, variantes et notes par Julien Benda. Texte établi par Raymond Naves] Paris:Garnier 1961.
Upper Level: 194 V889D2

The Translator's Handbook: With Special Reference to Conference Translation from French and Spanish. Frederick Fuller. Pennsylvania State University Press, c1984.  
Main Level, Reference: R 418.02 F958T

Companions, Handbooks   back to top

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French. Peter France, editor. Clarendon Press/Oxford U. Press.  1995.   Main Level, Reference:  R 840.3 Ox2O2


Locating Books back to top
THOMCAT back to top

Use the online catalog to locate BOOKS, DVDs, CDs, etc. in Thomason Library.

You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:              

          Personal Names, as Author and as Subject

  Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778   [as AUTHOR]
  Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 [as SUBJECT]
Subject headings for personal names may also include subheadings, as with examples listed below:
  Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 -- Philosophy
  Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 -- Criticism and interpretation
  Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778. Du contrat social

  • SUBJECT SEARCHING requires use of Library of Congress subject headings.
    Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog

Library of Congress Subject Headings 

Related to 18th Century French Literature

  French literature -- 18th century  
  French literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism  
  Enlightenment -- France  
  Politics and culture -- France -- History -- 18th century  
  France -- Intellectual life -- 18th century  
  • KEYWORD SEARCHING uses natural language, rather than controlled vocabulary.

    Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.

  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate

or expand a term:

societ*= society, societies, societal, société
cultur* = culture, cultures, cultural

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
   AND  societ*

· Use OR between words to expand your search

18th century OR eighteenth century

theatre OR theater OR drama

· Use PARENTHESES to nest your "OR" terms when combined with words to expand your search

(france OR french OR francais) AND  societ*
enlightenment AND (french OR france)

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat,

other library catalogs & library databases.

PASCAL Catalog / PASCAL Delivers   back to top

PASCAL -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.

This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library.

Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)   back to top

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles back to top
Article Databases back to top

Academic Search Premier  [EBSCOhost]Pascal Logo

Search for journal and magazine articles in ALL academic disciplines.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Use for literature and language topics. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

An archive of over 350 full-text journals which can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.


Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals,

magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Your search results in PC article databases contain many direct links to article full-text in other journal databases to which we subscribe.

If no direct links are shown, follow the
"Check Journal Finder"
link to find full-text (follow steps below).



Example of an article citation:

Chitra Ragavan, Terror on the streets,

U.S. News & World Report 137.21 [vol.issue]
(Dec 13, 2004): p 20.


If you already have a citation and are trying to find the article, click the link below and follow the steps to determine whether full-text is available for the article you need:


Search Journal Finder

by title or words in title

  1. Note the date of the journal issue you need before following Journal Finder link.
  2. Default search is Journals by Title in Full Text. Type the title of the journal or magazine in the empty box below (example:Smithsonian).
  3. You may need to select your title from the results. Click on the title you seek.
  4. Results for your title include Full Text Resources Online database locations at the top and Indexing Only database locations at the bottom (not full text).
  5. Note the dates available for that journal. Click on a database that covers the date you need.
  6. Choose, year and issue OR volume and issue, then look through contents of that issue for the article you need. Articles are usually listed in page number order and are available in HTML or PDF format.

Images back to top

ARTstor  [Library subscription]

Comprised of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars.

EBOOKS The Bridgeman Art Library Archive [CREDO Reference], Bridgeman, 2005.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art is just one of the sources of images; design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artefacts and many others also feature in the collection.
The Bridgeman Art Library Archive
ELECTRONIC RES Internet Resources back to top

Open Web Resources

For library subscription resources, see Article Databases

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Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres Published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. Containing 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a machine de guerre which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightenment. The impact of the Encyclopédie was enormous. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains of human activity to its readers, the Encyclopédie gave expression to many of the most important intellectual and social developments of its time (from web site).

   Another online edition of this publication, The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert: Collaborative Translation Project, is available from the Scholarly Publications Office of the University of Michigan : DLXS, [2002?-]   

French Literature, Linguistics & Culture   Western European Studies Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. Provides links to sources of digitized French language texts, such as The ARTFL Project,

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