James H. Thomason Library

History 3443

French Revolution

Background Information Sources



ARTstor Image Database.

  Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Biographical Sources

  Writing Guides
Locating Books
  Search Tips
  PASCAL Delivers
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Journal Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Internet Sources
  Collections of Primary Source Documents
  Primary Source Readings
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Background Information Sources    
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000. Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief   Scribner, c2001.     
Main Level, Reference:
R 306.094 En19E [6 vols]
v. 1. Methods and theoretical approaches -- The periods of social history -- Regions, nations, and peoples -- Europe and the world -- v. 2. Processes of social change -- Population and geography -- Cities and urbanization -- Rural life -- State and society -- v. 3. Social structure -- Social protest -- Deviance, crime, and social control -- Social problems and social reform -- v. 4. Gender -- The family and age groups -- Sexuality -- Body and mind -- Work -- v. 5. Culture and popular culture -- Modern recreation and leisure -- Religion -- Education and literacy -- Everyday life -- v. 6. Biographies -- Contributors -- Index

The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History.  ABC-CLIO, c1993.  

Main Level, Reference:  R 903 H971H


Chronologies   back to top

Chronology of European History, 15,000 BC to 1997.  John Powell, editor.  Salem Press, 1997.   

Main Level, Reference: R 940.02 C468C [3 vols]


Biographical Sources   back to top

Gale Biography in Context [Gale]
Contains 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals. Includes biographical articles from reference books and periodicals as well as multimedia content.

Also use THOMCAT and PASCAL catalogs to search for a person

using the SUBJECT search, LAST NAME FIRST

(see links below under "Locating Books" section of this guide).

Writing Guides   back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources
[Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
2 copiesMain Level, Reference: R 808.02 M72M and Reference Desk: RR 808.02 M72M

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Locating Books  
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

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

    [as AUTHOR]                 

   [as SUBJECT]              
  Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859                   [as AUTHOR]    

Robespierre, Maximilien, 1758-1794                   [as SUBJECT]   


Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778               [as AUTHOR]  


Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778                [as SUBJECT]


Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793              [as SUBJECT]

  Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 [as SUBJECT]  

Marie Antoinette Queen Consort Of Louis Xvi King Of France 1755 1793 [as SUBJECT]

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to biology:



Enlightenment -- France


Politics and culture -- France -- History -- 18th century


France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Causes


France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799


France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence


France -- History -- Reign of Terror, 1793-1794


Republicanism -- France -- History -- 18th century




Land tenure -- France -- History

  Europe -- History  
  Europe -- History -- 1789-1900  
  Europe -- Social conditions -- 1789-1900  
  Europe -- Economic conditions -- 1789-1900  
  Europe -- Civilization -- 19th century  

Europe -- Politics and government -- 1789-1900

  France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799  
  France -- History -- Second Empire, 1852-1870


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. 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 an asterisk * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
  europ* = europe, european, europeans, europa, etc..

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Enlightenment AND France

  French Revolution AND causes

Use OR between words to expand your search terms
first estate OR roman catholic church

Use "QUOTATION MARKS" around a phrase to search the exact phrase

 "old regime OR  "ancien regime"..

When combining "AND" and "OR" terms,
group "OR" terms with parentheses ( )

French revolution
(first estate OR roman catholic church)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs,
an journal databases

PASCAL Delivers back to top

PASCAL Catalog - 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 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 the PASCAL Catalog.

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

Locating Articles:    
Journal Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using keywords or phrases dealing with your topic. Click here for search tips.

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost]
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

Archive of journals including the Arts & Sciences, as well as Ecology and Botany Collection (most recent three years issues not available in this archive)

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.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Internet Sources:   back to top
Collections of Primary Source Documents    


Internet Modern History Sourcebook: French Revolution

European History Primary Documents [European University Institute]

"A joint venture between various organizations within the European University Institute...this ambitious project attempts to create a single site compiling all digitized primary sources pertaining to European history. The various sites are arranged by nation, language, period, subject, and type of source, creating an easily usable index of digitized European primary sources. The site also features a search box that allows users to search all of the sites contained in the index." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 11/2010

Primary Source Readings   back to top


Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution

“This site with more than 600 primary documents is a collaboration of the

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (George Mason University) and American Social History Project

(City University of New York), supported by grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the

National Endowment for the Humanities" (from web page). 

Decree Abolishing the Feudal System (1789).

Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen (1789)

Revolutionary song "ca Ira"

Edmund Burke, "The Death of Marie Antoinette (1793)

Maximilien Robespierre, Justification of the Use of Terror (1794)

See also -- Primary and secondary source readings

listed on syllabus,

and posted on BlackBoard.


Get Help   back to top
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