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France & French Collections at the Library of Congress

Open-Access Resources

Searchable online databases provide full-text access to both current and historical content. Some databases are freely available and others require a subscription. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library. The Library's open-access databases are listed below as well as external links to resources, and research guides. The selection includes scholarly resources in French studies, as well as more specific subject guides on topics such as the French student riots of 1968.

External Links to French Resources

Specialized Subject Guides, Webinars & Presentations on France

"Occupy Rousseau: Inequality & Social Justice" was an international panel discussion presented by the Embassy of Switzerland and the European Division. It was held at the Library of Congress on March 27th, 2012 and included the scholars, Dr. Guillaume Chenevière, Dr. Michael O'Dea and Dr. James Swensen. Dr. Carol Armbruster, former French Area Specialist at the Library of Congress, presented each speaker.

Foreign Legal Specialist Nicolas Boring discusses the Napoleonic Code's history, evolution, and legacy. This presentation touches not only on French law, but also the Civil Code's impact on other countries around the world, from Belgium to Haiti.