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French Studies: Welcome


This guide will introduce you to some key resources for use in your studies available in the Library. The resources highlighted in this guide are designed to showcase some of the vast resources available in the library and does not serve as a comprehensive list.  

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Call numbers

Common call numbers
The following Dewey numbers may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves.

Number Subject
016.44 French language - Bibliography
016.8405 French literature - Bibliography
034.1 Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
443 French language - Dictionaries
445 French language - Grammar
709.04 French art - Modern 20th Century
759.4 French paintings - Modern 20th Century
791.430944 French cinema
840 French literature
840.914 French literature - 20th century
840.03 French literature - Dictionaries   
843.914 French fiction - 20th century
849.1 [French literature in other countries] The number is preceded by a letter for the name of the country, eg French Canadian literature C849.1
944 France - History
971.4 Quebec - History

DVDs and videos are held at 791.4372 in the Music and Multimedia collection of the Matheson library (Clayton) and  at Caulfield library.

Use a call number to find an item on the shelf

It is important that you note down all of the call number, and which part of the Monash collection the item is held in. Then you need to find each part of the number in turn. For example to find the book: Modern France: 1880-2002, James F. McMillan, with the call number 944.08 M167M 2003:

944.08 M167M 2003

  1. Locate the first three digits
  2. Locate any digits following the decimal point (Note decimals: 341.1 is after 341.05)
  3. Look for the letter M, then the next set of numbers/letter
  4. The final four digits denote the year of the book

Some handy tips when looking for items

  • write down the entire number including all the digits after the decimal point
  • check the  location eg Caulfield, Berwick, Law, serials etc
  • note prefix letters before the number (eg F = folio (large books), Mos = maths, NZ=New Zealand etc)
  • check that the item is not already on loan to someone else
  • and if in doubt ask at the Information Point in the library!