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Foreign Languages & Literature

This is a guide to resources useful for the study of Foreign Languages and Literature

Welcome to the general French page! Below you'll find links to French databases where you can find journal articles on French topics and a brief guide to browsing books on various French topics on our shelves. You are also able to search Scout or the Library Catalog; all our books, ebooks, and journals can be found that way.

French Databases at the USMA Library

Below you will find quick links to some of the most commonly accessed resources, you can always access the entire list of Foreign Language Databases here!

If you are looking for Films in French, check out

To read recent news articles or magazines in French, check out

If you are doing research in French, check out

French Web Resources

These resources are outside of USMA, but they still contain valuable information. They can be helpful when researching or practicing in French.

Research Resources:

Practice Resources:

Practice Reading Comprehension:

  • All About French Hundreds of French texts to read with English translation and slow French audio from natives.
  • French Children's Stories  free audio versions complete with transcription and translation for some of the most well-known French children's fairytales.
  • French Reading for Beginners originally published in 1899, this reader contains notes and vocabulary for the French language beginner.
  • Kwiziq: French Reading Practice A collection of interactive reading exercises with English translations.
  • Lawless French Short articles about travel, culture, and practical information about life in France.
  • Lingola Reading and listening comprehension exercises.
  • Lingua French texts for Beginners and Intermediates to practice reading and comprehension skills.
  • The French Experiment Children's stories in French.

West Point Center for Oral History: French Resources:

Please note that the resources listed in this section are hosted by groups separate from the USMA Library. The USMA Library can NOT guarantee access or resolve connection issues to these resources.

French Books in the USMA Library

Browse the shelves, head up to the east side of the 4th floor and find the call numbers that start with "PC." Here's a general listing of subject areas:

  • PC2001-3761                                      French
  • PC2700-(3708)                                    Dialects.  Provincialisms
  • PC2813-(2898)                                    Old French
  • PC3201-3366                                      Provencal (Old)
  • PC3371-3420.5                                   Modern patois of South France
  • PC3420.8-3495                                   Langue d'oc dialects
  • PC3721-3761                                      Slang.  Argot
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