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French Studies: Books & call numbers

Library resources and tutorials for students of French

About call numbers

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!

Browsing the shelves

The best way to find materials on France and in French in the library is to use Search. The following Dewey numbers may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves.

Number Subject
016.44 French language - Bibliography
016.84 French literature - Bibliography
034.1 Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French
194 French philosophy - 20th century
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.