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FREN 4110: Quand l'art devient la vie: Find Academic Sources

Course concentrates on 19th century France.

Library Databases

Through a library catalog, you can find all the materials owned by the library in all formats. Databases specialize in areas of knowledge. You can have a database of images (photography, paintings, architecture,) a database of videos and audiovisuals, or a database of news articles worldwide. Many databases contain full-text scholarly articles.

⇒ For our purpose, you will look at databases that include articles on 19th-century French topics.


Scholarly articles are published in Academic Journals. They are considered secondary sources because they provide commentary and analysis about primary sources. Primary sources relate to first-hand creations such as films, archival papers, photography, manuscripts, government papers, diaries, or things in our Special Collections & Archives. In other words, primary sources refer to original sources.


Depending on the source, you want to refine your search:


  • Flaubert AND Bovary AND infidélité OR perfidie OR déloyauté OR trahison
  • Flaubert AND Bovary AND adultery OR infidelity
    • Refine:  Language: French
    • Refine: Full-text
    • Refine: Peer-reviewed
    • Refine: Publication date

Three search samples for the database Persee:

  1. Réalisme AND XIX siècle AND france
  2. Modernité AND Boudelaire
  3. “conditions sociales” AND artistes  AND XIX siècle

Refine your search:

  • Refine By Type – documents – articles
  • Refine: By: Date – filter

Recommended Databases

Google Scholar

When looking for sources, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it peer-reviewed, editorial, opinion based?
  • Do I have access to the full text?

Use keywords related to your topic to start your search

  • Representation  femmes  XIX siècle  France

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