Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Link to Libraries homepage
Link to Libraries homepage
Rutgers University Libraries

French Language & Literature: Reference Works

A guide to resources for the study of the French language and literatures in French.

Using Reference Works

Reference works are authoritative works that you can consult for specialized information to help get you started on a research topic.  There are many types of reference work, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, atlases, thesauri, directories, almanacs, style manuals and handbooks. 

Subject Headings

Only selected dictionaries, encyclopedias and bibliographies are presented here. To find other reference works in the Library Catalog, try a subject search using one of the following headings:

  • French language--Dictionaries.
  • French language--Etymology--Dictionaries.
  • French literature--Bio-bibliography--Dictionaries--French.
  • French literature--French-speaking countries--Dictionaries--French.
  • Women and literature--France--Dictionaries.

Subject search for reference works on French 17th c. literature

Print reference for French studies

Dictionnaire encyclopédique de la littérature française. Alexander Reference PQ41.D54 1997

Dolbow, Sandra W. Dictionary of modern French literature : from the age of reason through realism. Alexander Reference PQ41.D65 1986

France, Peter. The new Oxford companion to literature in French. Alexander Reference PQ41.N48 1995

Klapp, Otto. Bibliographie der französischen Literaturwissenschaft. Frankfurt am Main : V. Klostermann. 50 vols. Alexander Reference Z2171.K55

Makward, Christiane P. Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française : de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye. Douglass Stacks PQ149.M27 1996

Place, Jean-Michel. Bibliographie des revues et journaux littéraires des XIXe et XXe siècles. In 3 vols. Alexander Reference PQ2.P5

Language Dictionaries


Collins Robert unabridged French-English, English-French dictionary. 7th ed. Alexander Reference PC2640.C687 2005

Barron's French-English dictionary. Alexander Reference PC2640.F74 2006

Grand dictionnaire français-anglais, anglais-français. Paris : Larousse, 2003. 2v. Alexander Reference PC2640.G68 2003

Harrap's French and English college dictionary. Alexander Reference PC2640.H28 2006

The Oxford-Hachette French dictionaryAlexander Reference PC2640.O98 1997


Cheraifi, Claudie. L'arabe maghrébin : petit dictionnaire français-arabe. Alexander Reference PJ6645.F6C494 2005

Confiant, Raphaël. Dictionnaire des néologismes créoles. Electronic Resource



General Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library (NetID Restricted)

Literature Resource Center (NetID Restricted)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (NetID Restricted)

Sage eReference Encyclopedias (NetID Restricted)

World Biographical Index (NetID Restricted)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers web sites to: or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback Form.