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Franklin Catalog

Sartre and de Beauvoir at Balzac Memorial.jpg

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir at Balzac Memorial


Franklin can be accessed from the library homepage. Franklin is the online catalog for all the Penn Libraries, with the exception of the Biddle Law Library, which has its own catalog. 

When doing author or title searches in Franklin, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Searches are truncated, i.e., you only need to enter as much information as you think is needed to find what you are looking for
2. Omit first articles (“the,”,“an,” “la,” “les,” “le,” etc.) in titles, but all words following must be entered exactly as they appear on the book’s title page.
3. Enter author names with the last name first (e.g., “Proust, Marcel,”). Capitalization is not important. An excellent way to use FRANKLIN is to search by Library of Congress subject heading. Some subject headings relevant for French Studies used in FRANKLIN are:
  • French literature
  • French literature 20th century history and criticism
  • French language dialects
  • French poetry
  • music France
  • art French
  • motion pictures France
  • motion pictures French (for videos -- not a Library of Congress heading)
  • France history
  • France history 1789-1815
  • France history 1789-1900
  • France history 1914-1940
  • Renaissance France
  • Enlightenment France
  • France civilization

Keyword searching is very useful for combining different concepts into one search, for restricting searches to geographic areas, and for identifying unfamiliar Library of Congress subject headings, especially from known catch-phrases. To make a search more precise you can limit the searching to specific fields. Keep flexible in your searches, using broader or different terms, when your results are small, and narrower terms when results are large and include many irrelevant titles. To learn all the variations possible see Keyword Search in the Franklin User Guide.

  • saints AND france
  • folk? AND (brittany OR normandy)
  • modernism AND (france or French)
  • skey France AND skey "united states" AND skey relations
  • skey France AND skey history AND publ cambridge
  • skey France AND skey history AND pubc strasbourg
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