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Encyclopédie de Diderot
Search the French text of the The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de letters , published between 1751 and 1772 by Diderot and d'Alembert. The encyclopedia contains over 72,000 articles on arts and sciences topics and is full-text searchable (CPS-Access only). »

FRANText database
Search nearly 2000 texts ranging from classic works of French literature to non-fiction prose and technical writings in French from the 18th , 19th , and 20th centuries. Genres include novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy (CPS-Access only). »

French Women Writers
Read full-text works in French by 40 French women writers using this resource. This database contains over 100 works and is full-text searchable (CPS-Access only). »

Pamphlets and Periodicals of the French Revolution of 1848
View over 100 pamphlets and periodicals from 1848-1851 that were originally printed to educate the new French public created by the declaration of universal suffrage and enabled by a lifting of restrictions on printed materials on February 24, 1848. »

Provençal Database
Provençal Database: Read full-text poems in French by Provençal poets. This database contains poems from over 38 works and is searchable by author, poem title, and date (CPS-Access only). »

Voltaire électronique
Search Voltaire électronique, a database of Voltaire's complete works based upon the Voltaire Foundation Oxford edition of the Complete works of Voltaire (CPS-Access only). »

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About these resources
These French language resources were created as a part of the ARTFL project and are housed and maintained by the University of Chicago. The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL), is a cooperative enterprise of Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française (ATILF) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Division of the Humanities, the Division of the Social Sciences, and Electronic Text Services (ETS) of the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago library has made these resources freely available to the Chicago Public Schools community; they can be accessed from anywhere within the CPS wide area network.

For more information on French language resources, visit the ARTFL Web site.


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