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French Language and Culture

This guide will help you get started finding information about the French language, including books, databases, web sites, and media materials.

Find Sources

To find print books on the French language, select the "Advanced Search" option, in the "Find materials here" box. Under "Search For", change the "Online" search option to "Library Catalog", change "Any Field" to "Subject" and enter "French language", and click on "Search". Scroll down and on the left of the screen, you will see "Refine Results". The search results will include both print, electronic books and database articles. If you are only interested in print books, under "Source Types" on the left of the screen, select "Physical Items". Print books are clustered together by subject, are assigned Library of Congress call numbers and are shelved accordingly. When you find a title that interests you, note the call number and go to the appropriate shelf in either the Stacks (also known as the Circulating Collection), Reference Collection, or other location in the library where the item resides.

Here are some print books on the French language available from our Stacks which you may check out.

To find electronic books or e-books on the French language, select the "Advanced Search" option, in the "Find materials here" box. Under "Search For", change the "Online" search option to "Library Catalog", change "Any Field" to "Subject" and enter "French language", and click on "Search". Scroll down and on the left of the screen, you will see "Refine Results". The search results will include both print, electronic books and database articles. If you are only interested in e-books, under "Availability" on the left of the screen, select "Digital Items". To access an eBook, click on "Available Online". Most e-books available through Las Positas College's Library come from EBSCOhost. At the pop-up screen, select "EBSCOhost Academic eBook Collection (North America)".  There are also e-books from Overdrive which you may access by selecting "Overdrive" at the pop-up screen. If you are off-campus, you will be asked for your W number and your 6-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) before gaining access to the e-book.  e-Books may be read online by clicking on the PDF or EPUB button. For EBSCOHost titles, you may download e-books for a period of two days by selecting "Full Download". For Overdrive titles, you may download e-books for 7, 14 or 21 days. You must create your personal EBSCOhost or Overdrive account in order to download the e-book. You will also need to install appropriate software such as the Overdrive app, or Adobe Digital Editions on your PC, Mac, laptop, tablet or phone in order to accommodate downloading of eBooks. Ask a librarian for assistance with this.

Here are some eBooks on the French language and literature available from our online catalog. 

SOURCES FOR STREAMING VIDEOS

Academic Video Online - A comprehensive video collection of 67,000 titles spanning a wide range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Includes a variety of content-types such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.

Credo Reference - Nearly 4 million full-text entries in subjects from Art to Technology for your research, paper writing and studying needs. Credo brings the facts alive with images, sound files, animations, videos and much more.

Films on Demand - Films and documentaries on a variety of topics in the fields of humanities, sociology, administration of justice, psychology, health, etc. 

Kanopy Streaming Video –Educational videos covering a variety of topics.

Swank Digital Movies - Streaming access to feature films and mainstream documentaries; select titles have been added to support LPC curriculum.

World Cinema Video Collection This unique collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, award-winning contemporary films from Global Lens, and films from Africa and the African diaspora from ArtMattan Productions. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world—making it useful beyond film studies departments by bringing value to programs in area studies, political science, history, world languages, and more.This link opens in a new window