french language


Founded in 1982 as a result of a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, the ARTFL Project  provides access to North America’s largest collection of digitized French resources.

The ARTFL-FRANTEXT database consists of over 2900 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, poetry, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy.

Click here to access ARTFL-FRANTEXT. To get an idea of the variety of material you can find in the database, try starting with a simple search for “Charlemagne.” Feel free to contact a reference librarian at if you have questions about using the database.