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French Studies

An introduction to UMSL Libraries resources related to French studies.

Finding Books in Summon heading

Search Summon for articles, books, and more!
 

 

 

 

What is Summon? (Summon FAQs)

Summon searches the library's print and online materials AND most content from our online databases.  It is helpful to use when you are just starting out with your research, you don't know which database to look in, or you already know which resource you're looking for.

Some books we have access to may not show up in Summon. To find books, we recommend also exploring our catalog (see below) or e-book databases.


How do I find books in Summon?
  1. Type your topic into the search bar and click "Search."
  2. Look on the left side of the page for the heading CONTENT TYPE.
  3. Select "Book/Ebook" from the list.
  4. For just e-books: Scroll up and also select "Full Text Online."

How do I find non-English books?
  1. Type your topic into the search bar and click "Search."
  2. Look on the left side of the page for the heading LANGUAGE.
  3. Click ^ to view the full list and select one or more languages.
  4. Hover over the English option and click "X Exclude" to remove most English results (optional).

*Tip: It can be helpful to use search terms in your target language.


I found an online record for a print book. How do I find that book at the library?

See below for the box "Finding Books in the Library."

Catalogs heading

UMSL Catalog

The UMSL Catalog searches books and other materials owned by UMSL. Results will include print books at Thomas Jefferson Library and the Mercantile Library, e-books, materials held at the depository in Columbia (available for request), and more. Use the options above the search bar to search by keyword, title, author, etc. Use the red "Refine by..." button to view additional filtering options. You may also find the advanced search easier to navigate.

Find a print book that you'd like to put on hold? Use the gray Request button.


MERLIN (Missouri Education and Research Libraries Network)

Searches books and other materials owned by UMSL and the other campuses in the UM system (Columbia, Kansas City, and S&T [formerly Rolla]).

All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to request materials from MERLIN and have them delivered (for free!) at the Thomas Jefferson Library public service desk. Use the gray Request button to place your hold.


MOBIUS

Searches books and other materials owned by UMSL, other campuses in the UM System, and other libraries in the MOBIUS consortium throughout and beyond the state of Missouri.

All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to request materials from MOBIUS and have them delivered (for free!) at the Thomas Jefferson Library public service desk. Use the gray Request It button to place your hold.

Finding Books in the Library heading

Books in the library are organized with the Library of Congress (LOC) system, which puts books about similar topics together.


How does the LOC system work?

Each book is assigned a call number, a combination of letters and numbers which tells you where to find the book on the shelf.  You can find the call number by locating the book record on the library website; it is also on the spine of the book. You can find the book record by locating the title in Summon or the UMSL/MERLIN catalog (see above).


To find a book on the shelf using the online book record:

  1. Look for the Locations tab.
  2. Under LOCATION, find the floor the book is housed on. (The library entrance/exit is Level 3).
  3. Write down the CALL #.
  4. Go to the correct floor. 
  5. Use the call # to locate the correct place on the shelf. (Start with the first two letters and search alphabetically.  Then, use the following numbers and letters to search for the exact location).

If you get stuck finding a specific book, please ask for help at the front desk!


I want to browse.  What section should I go to?

French students may find the following sections useful:

  • History of FranceDC1 - 947
    • By period - DC60 - 424
      • Modern, 1515 onward - DC110 - 433
        • 20th century - DC361 - 424
        • 21st century - DC425 - 433
  • History of AfricaDT1 - 3415
    • French West Africa. French Sahara. West Sahara. Sahel - DT521 - 555.9
  • History of Canada - F1001 - 1145.2
    • Quebec - F1051 - 1055
  • French languagePC2001 - 3761
    • ​​​​​​​Slang - PC3721 - 3761
  • French literaturePQ1 - 3999
    • History and criticism - PQ1 - 771
    • Collections - PQ1100 - 1297
    • Modern literature - PQ1600 - 2726
      • 1961 - 2000 - PQ2660 - 2686
      • 2001 onward - PQ2700 - 2726​​​​​​​​​​​​​​