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Suggested Databases and Websites
Database of the contents of thousands of library catalogs worldwide that can be searched to find books, journal titles, and other materials beyond those owned by Wellesley.
Digitized texts and images
The digital presence of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. It contains millions of digitized newspapers, magazines, images, and sound recordings relating to France and French history and culture.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Searchable and browsable page images of every significant title printed in the United Kingdom, including works in French, between 1701 and 1800; includes books, pamphlets, broadsides, & ephemera
The Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form, including texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.
Digitized images of art, architecture, and other forms of visual culture from around the world, from museums, archaeology, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference works, dating from B.C.E. to present.
Requires creation of an Artstor account to download images. This account also grants you off-campus access for 60 days. If your account is inactivated or you need to create an account, make sure to use a library link (such as this one) to get to Artstor so that you will be recognized as a Wellesley user.
Scholarship and Secondary Sources
Searching full-text primary documents from the 18th century can be a problem, either because of mistakes transforming the text to something machine-readable, or because 18th century spelling was not yet standarized.
To combat this, try combining several spellings of search words, such as:
smallpox OR smalpox OR small-pox
Also try truncation to get variations in spelling that have the same root:
adverti* to get advertize or advertise
Work in progress...I'll be adding to this section as the semester proceeds.
American Book Prices Current
Annual record of books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and broadsides sold at auction (despite name, ABPC also covers UK and many European auctions). ABPC is the standard tool used by dealers, appraisers, auction houses, and scholars.
Grand-Carteret - Les almanachs français
The venerable reference guide to French almanacs in all their forms.
Zotero Bibligraphy for this class
FREN 303 Zotero Library
A collection of primary and secondary texts relevant to this class. Try browsing or clicking on tags to narrow your results.