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Language Studies: French Studies

A subject guide for language studies in French, German, Spanish, Italian, & Japanese

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French Word-of-the-Day


Did you know the library had access to thousands of electronic books?! Check out a few from eBrary.

French Ecole

This site offers podcasts and tutorials for beginners learning French.

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Rapid ILL

Have you found a journal article that library does NOT have full-text access to? Don't worry! We can get it for you within 48 hrs. and have it delivered straight to your email. This service is called Rapid ILL. To use it, access the link below. Research just got easier!

Remember - when requesting an article, please make sure all the information boxes are filled in. The ISSN is most important! It is the mechanism that sends the request to a library who has the article.


Search for full-text articles in newspapers at home and around the world.

To access Newsbank, you will be prompted to sign-in using your Eastern login.


Here is a list of journals the library offers that contain information about the French language.

To access these, you will be prompted to sign-in using your Eastern login (this is the same as your Brightspace and Eastern email logins).

Online Dictionaries & Lexicons

Library of Congress Classification: PC & PQ

For books about the French language or for French literature, visit the stacks under PC2001-3761 & PQ1-3999. For details about specific call numbers (sub-classified by period, criticism, collections, individual authors, etc.) see the document below.

Dictionaries & Lexicons


Map of countries where French is the official language (shaded blue).


French in Action

A video instructional series in French for college and high school classrooms and adult learners. This series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Produced by Yale University and WGBH Boston with Wellesley College. 1987.

Click here to access the videos for free! (Make sure your browser's pop-up blocker is turned off).

French in Action

French Study Abroad Programs