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Modern French Culture & Literature to 1789

This guide is suggested for students of FRE 2001 or those interested in French Literature.

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To find books, journal titles and other materials, whether in print or online formats, select the library’s tab CATALOG (or from the library homepage use the down arrow key to highlight the catalog). 

Search tips for the library catalog:

  • You can use quotes to combine words together:
                      “French literature”
  • You can use an * or an ? to represent a wildcard. The * can represent 0 or many characters. The ? can represent 1 single character:
                      civil* = civil, or civility or civilization, or civilizations
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                      "french literature*" and (15th or 16th or 17th) and criti*

A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.

E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is usually faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.



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  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
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sottigno Sue Ottignon
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Falvey Library, Villanova University
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Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 233

Susan Ottignon is the subject librarian for Romance Languages & Literatures and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: 2017-06-07 13:40:28