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French Studies: French-language News

Library resources for the study of French and Francophone language, literature, and culture.

French Language News Online

Strategies for Searching Fulltext Newspaper Databases

When searching any fulltext database such as Global Newsstream you may find the following strategies useful to narrow your search down to more relevant items.

  • When available use the Advanced Search option -- this gives you the flexibility of doing more complex searches
  • If you get too many results see if there is a way to search just the headline of an article
  • If available limit your search by publication type such as articles, editorials, advertisements
  • Limit your search by publication year
  • Be aware of changes in language and spelling over time. Some terms used in historic newspapers are considered unacceptable or offensive now.

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French and Francophone Newspapers

Newspaper websites often offer current content openly. If you hit a paywall, look for articles using our newspaper databases, such as Global Newsstream.

Le Monde

lemonde.fr is the official website with current content. If you hit a paywall, try accessing the articles via our news databases, like Global Newsstream, or via microfilm.

You can also request a scan of a specific article if it's not already available digitally for quick access!

Historic Newspapers

For lists of digitized historic newspapers by country see the International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON).