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From kessler Fri March 15 1996

		French Libraries Online, Selected

	As of: December 15, 1995 -- Joyeux Noe:l, everybody

by:     Jack Kessler

** This file exists online now in numerous increasingly - out - of -
date versions. So this version has been much - updated, and revised so
as to begin including much - requested detail about the libraries. As
always, detail in this file may be out of date and certainly is
incomplete:  readers are urged to send me corrections and additions.
Please remember that the following are only libraries in France which
may be found online: a part of a very rich whole -- and a part which,
happily, is growing rapidly.

** For those interested in Francophone Africa, sources are compiled and
clearly - presented on Karen Fung's excellent Stanford Webpage, at,


A) Libraries
	1) Minitel "kiosk" libraries
	2) Minitel "V23" Direct - Dial Libraries
	3) telnet (ie. from the Internet)
	4) WEBsites, Mosaic "home pages", etc.
	5) President's Report, Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques
B) Fulltext
	1) anonymous ftp sites
	2) gophers
	3) Fulltext archives
C) Discussion
	1) Electronic Conferences
	2) Usenet: a warning note

A) Libraries
		1) Minitel "kiosk" Libraries. 

These now may be reached from nearly anywhere via Minitel. Minitel is
generally available in Europe. Free MAC or DOS diskettes for Minitel
may be obtained in the US and Canada from voice telephone 800-MINITEL
-- they will fax you a form -- or via telnet from anywhere to
minitel.fr  or via W3 at  http://www.minitel.fr . Access policies do
change from time to time. Access to all of this is very IN- expensive:

3615 ABCDOC     Archives, Bib.s, Centres de Documentation (directory)
3614 ATLIVRE	Atelier du livre, Inspection Acade'mique (Seine&Marne) 
3617 BIUP       Bibliothe`que Inter-Universitaire de Pharmacie
3615 BIBNAT     Bibliothe`que Nationale (for opac see Internet, below)
3615 BPI        Bib. Publique d'Information (Centre Pompidou, Paris)
3617 CCN        Catalogue Collectif National des Publications en
                Se'rie (national union catalog project, serials)
3614 BMDIJON  	Dijon, Bibliothe`que Municipale 
		*325,000 vols; 3050 mss; 235 incunab
3616 DOCTEL     La Documentation Franc,aise
3615 BIBLI38	Echirolles, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
3617 BIBENSPTT	ENSPTT / Ec.Norm.Sup. of the PTT [?], Bibliothe`que
3615 BIBLI38	Fontaine, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
3614 MADOC 	France Te'le'com, Bibliothe`que Professionelle de
3614 BIB      	Grenoble, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*540,000 vols; 20,437 mss; 614 incunab; 2560 maps
		*18,219 MARC recs incl 378 f.ancien & 3604 f.dauphinois
3614 TELMER	IFREMER / Inst. Fr. pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, Bibl.
3614 INJA	Inst.Nat.Jeunes Aveugles: Base de Donne'es Bibliogr.
3615 BMLIM      Limoges, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*320,000 vols; 245 mss; 26 incunabula
3615 LIONS	Lions Club, liste des bibliothe`ques sonores
3615 BMLYON	Lyon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*1,200,000 vols; 15,000 mss; 1048 incunabula
3615 MARSEILLE  Marseille, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*300,000 vols
3615 MIRADOC 	Metz, Bibliothe`que Universite' de
		*180,000 vols
3615 MESR       Ministe`re de l'Enseignement Supe'r. et de la Recherche
3614 NANCY  	Nancy, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*500,000 vols; 2000 mss; 200 incunabula
3617 PANCA      Pancatalogue (national union catalog project, books)
3615 DASTUM     Photote`que Dastum, Breton culture
3615 BIBLI38    Le Pont de Claix (Ise`re), Bibliothe`que Municipale 
3615 BRISE 	St. Etienne, Bibliothe`ques de
		*295,000 vols; 459 mss; 6 incunabula
3615 BIBLI38	Saint Martin d'He`res, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*190,000 vols
3615 SF		Sibil - France (univ. lib.s using Sibil system)
3615 BNU	Strasbourg, Bibliothe`que Nationale & Universitaire de
		*388,020 vols; 1483 mss; 348 incunabula
3614 VDP14      Vide'othe`que de Paris (also 3615 VDP15)
3614 MEDVIL	La Villette, Me'diathe`que, Cite' des Sciences (Paris)
3614 VINBIB     Vincennes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de

		2) Minitel "V23" Direct-Dial Libraries. 

The following French library services are among a quickly increasing
number which may be reached by a telephone call, either from a Minitel
which can do so (European terminals can, but North American Minitel
service distributed per the above cannot), or using a V23 modem,
available in European computer stores. French scholars will be pleased
to see a number of famous resources appearing here. Even cheese
connoisseurs will find something familiar. Public librarians everywhere
will be pleased to see some very tiny and obscure institutions
appearing here, and they might note the extraordinary breadth of the
French "Bibliothe`que Municipale" (not quite a "public" library, but
the closest thing) offerings online:	Ache`res, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Albertville, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'     Amiens, Bibliothe`que Municipale d' 
		*500,000 vols; 2550 mss; 250 incun; 40,000 "rare"
		*Coll.Abbaye Royale de Corbie; oldest bk from 8th c.	Angers, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
		*400,000 vols; 2100 mss; 115 incunabula
		*300,920 MARC records	Annemasse, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'	Annonay, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'     Arles, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
		*50,000 vols
(en travaux)	Auxerre, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
		*130,000 vols
		*80,000 MARC recs, plus 50,000 fonds locaux & anciens	Avignon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*300,000 vols; 7000 mss; 700 incunabula
		*96,000 MARC records	Bayonne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*200,000 vols; 661 mss; 1400 maps	Beauvais, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*172,000 vols	Be'thune, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Bonneuil sur Marne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Bourg les Valence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Bourges, Me'diathe`que de
		*190,000 vols; 1039 mss; 256 incunabula; 1000 maps
		*108,392 MARC records	Bourgoin Jallieu, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Brest, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*86,000 vols     Caen, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
		*460,000 vols; 1006 mss; 126 incunabula; 100 maps 
		*210,000 MARC records	Canejan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Cannes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*90,000 vols	Carbon Blanc, Bibliothe`que Municipale de     Cestas, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Challans, Bibliothe`que Municipale de     Chamonix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 
		*no MARC details yet, but nice Alpine views	Charenton le Pont, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Chateau Arnoux, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Chenove, Bibliothe`que Municipale de Chilly-Mazarin, Bibliothe`que de	Clamart, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Combs La Ville, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Commentry, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Concarneau, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Conflans Ste. Honorine, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	La Cre`che, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Digne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*80,000 vols	Epinay sous Senart, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Epinay sur Orge, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Feyzin, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	La Fle`che, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Flers, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*75,000 vols; 100 mss; 1 incunabula	Gaillac, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Gap, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*60,000 vols; 50 incunabula	Grand Quevilly, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Gravelines, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Le Haillan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de     Le Havre, Bibliothe`que de l'universite' de	Hendaye, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Herouville, Bibliothe`que Municipale de IRCAM, Institut de Recherche et Coordination
                Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou, Paris	Levallois, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Limours, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Livry Gargan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Lode`ve, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Loudeac, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Ludres, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Meylan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Mimizan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Moirans, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Moissy Cramayel, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Molsheim, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Montfermeil, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Montigny en Gohelle, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Morlaix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*150,000 vols; 168 mss	Neuville sur Sao^ne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de     Niort, Bibliothe`que de 
		*252,000 vols	Nogent le Rotrou, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Olivet, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Oullins, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Plouzane, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Pontivy, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Pontoise, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*150,000 vols	Privas, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Ramonville St. Agne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
(en travaux)	Reims, Bibliothe`que Municipale
		*330,000 vols; 2710 mss; 220 incunabula
		*70,000 MARC records	Reze', Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Ris Orangis, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Rive de Gier, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Romans sur Ise`re, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*30,000 vols	Rumilly, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Rungis, Bibliothe`que Municipale de     Sallanches, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Salon de Provence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	St. Cloud, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	St. Genis Laval, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	St. Jean de Braye, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	St. Junien, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	St. Lo^, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*42,000 vols	St. Marcellin, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*no details yet, but good cheese	St. Maurice l'Exil, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Ste. Genevie`ve des Bois, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Sceaux, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Tarare, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Tarbes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*30,000 vols	Thouars, Bibliothe`que Municipale de     Tourcoing, Me'diathe`que de	Vence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Vendo^me, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
		*50,000 vols	Le Vesinet, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Villefranche sur Sao^ne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	Viry Chatillon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de

		3) telnet (ie. from the Internet)

(en travaux)	Auxerre, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'
                *80,000 MARC recs, plus 50,000 fonds locaux &anciens
(en travaux)	Besanc,on, Bibliothe`ques Municipales
		*220,000 MARC records, including 30,000 fonds
		*re'gional and 60,000 fonds anciens
opale02.bnf.fr 	Bibliothe`que Nationale, login  opale 
		*1,900,000 records now, adding c6,000 per month
		*see also  http://www.bnf.fr
caen1.unicaen.fr Caen, Bibliothe`que Universitaire; username :
                Bibliotheque or Library
FRMOP22.CNUSC.FR Centre National Universitaire Sud de Calcul,
		Montpellier, provides access to PANCATALOGUE and
		SIBIL and numerous other French services, account
		required (fax, in French, to 67-52-37-63, at
		Montpellier); also available via Minitel (see above)
	   	or French Transpac #134022271494 (account required)
IFBIBLI.GRENET.FR Instit. Fourier, St.Martin d'Hye`res, login  bib 
LIMVX4.UNILIM.FR Universite' de LIMOGES, user id: GRACE
STROPH.UNIV-ST-ETIENNE.FR  Universite' de St. Etienne; Username: brise; 
		At %PAD-I-COM, enter 
CRISV2.UNIV-PAU.FR Universite' de Pau; login: grace
FRPOLY11.POLYTECHNIQUE.FR  Ecole Polytechnique, Paris: at userid screen 
		hit   , type DIAL VTAM  , at Menu des
		Applications screen type  DIAL VTAM. (tn3270 only).
FTP.IRCAM.FR 	Ircam-CNRS library catalog -- login: libquery -- to 
		switch to english, type: l=e

		4) WEBsites -- W3, WWW, Mosaic "home pages", etc.

http://web.culture.fr: Ministe`re de la culture et de la francophonie,
Paris -- excellent features on art exhibitions, the prehistoric cave
discoveries, the Bibliothe`que de France, all with impressive images --
a good starting point for discoveries of the online presence of France
and the French.

http://web.urec.fr/cgi-bin/list: an authoritative - looking list of 
French W3 servers, current count totals many dozens, including lots of 
pure scientists and hi - tech researchers and private firms and 
universities, and the capacity to find servers using maps, and:

http://solcidsp.grenet.fr:8001: Banque de Donne'es Socio - Politiques 
-- French representative of the CESSDA / Council of European Social 
Sciences Data Archives and the ICPSR / Inter - university Consortium
for Political and Social Research;

http://www.auteuil.cnrs-dir.fr: the CNRS / Centre National de Recherch

http://web.citi2.fr: Centre Interuniversitaire de traitement de 
l'Information -- U.Rene' Descartes, Paris;

http://www.cnam.fr: Conservatoire National des Arts et Me'tiers, Paris;

http://dodge.grenet.fr:8001: Catalogues Collectifs nationaux des 
bibliothe`ques du CNRS - SHS, Grenoble;

http://w3.cnusc.fr: Centre National Universitaire Sud de Calcul, 
Montpellier, including access to the SIBIL catalog (550,000 French, 1.3 
million Swiss, bibliographic records), and in theory the Pancatalogue 
(this link didn't work when I tried it);

http://web.cr-aquitaine.fr: Conseil Re'gional d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux;

http://www.univ-rennes1.fr: U.de Rennes 1, includes many well - 
presented and well - organized resources, including the archives of the 
BIBLIO - FR e - conference;

http://dmf.culture.fr: Direction des Muse'es de France;

http://www.ecp.fr: Ecole Centrale, Paris;

http://www.ens-lyon.fr: Ecole Normale Supe'rieure de Lyon;

http://www.ens.fr: Ecole Normale Supe'rieure de Paris;

http://www.ensmp.fr: Ec.Nat.Sup.des Mines de Paris;

http://web.enst.fr: Ec.Nat.Sup.des Te'le'communications, Paris;

http://ophale.icp.grenet.fr: ESCA / European Speech Communication Assoc;

http://www-gams.cnrs-mrs.fr: Ecole d'Architecture de Marseille - Luminy;

http://gtl.georgiatech-metz.fr: "Georgia Tech Lorraine" (truly one of 
the great W3 / WEBsite / URLs so far, n'est-ce pas y'all?);

http://cristal.icp.grenet.fr:8080: ICP / Institut de la Communication 
Parle'e, Grenoble;

http://iep.univ-lyon2.fr: IEP / Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lyon;

http://www.ina.fr: INA / Inst.Nat.de l'Audiovisuel, Bry - sur - Marne;

http://www.inist.fr: INIST - CNRS / Institut de l'Information 
Scientifique et Technique, Vandoeuvre - les - Nancy;

http://zenon.inria.fr:8003: INRIA / Insitut National de Recherche en 
Informatique et Automatique;

http://www.ircam.fr: IRCAM / Institut de Recherche et Coordination 
Acoustique / Musique, Paris;

http://www.lirmm.fr: LIRMM / Labo. d'Informatique, de Robotique, de 
Micro - e'lectronique de Montpellier;

http://info.msha.u-bordeaux.fr:8001: Maison des Sciences de l'Homme 
d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux;

http://www.urec.fr/Renater: Reseau NAtional de Te'le'communications pour 
la Technologie, l'Enseignemenet et la Recherche, Paris;

http://www.grenet.fr/anteserveur: REDOC / Reseau Documentaire de 
Grenoble -- acces aux bibliothe`ques / catalogues / documents e'lectroniques;

http://web.univ-orleans.fr: U.d'Orle'ans, including "Les chateaux de la Loire";

http://ehess.cnrs-mrs.fr: Centre de la Vielle Charite' -- Muse'es, etc.;

http://www.mesr.fr: Ministe`re de l'Enseignement Supe'rieure et de Recherche

http://mistral.enst.fr: WebLouvre -- including "peintures ce'lebre's, 
mini - expo sur l'art medie'val, mini - visite de Paris".

As with the Internet generally, it is nearly impossible to keep up with 
the phenomenal growth of French online resources. The Minitel's own 
"Guide de Services" now lists nearly 20,000 services, while published 
accounts claim more than 25,000 currently in operation; and these 
numbers don't begin to account for the many online services which rely 
on the omnipresent Minitel "boxes" found throughout France -- and 
Minitel "V23" norm emulation software now found throughout France and 
increasingly elsewhere -- to act as simple terminals for their 
connections. Many new library services (see the list at item 2), above), 
use this latter function -- un-tabulated and un-indexed -- so that until 
libraries go into the marketing business no one really knows how many 
online French library services there are.

		5) President's Report, CSB

			a) complete printed text, in French:

_Rapport du Pre'sident (Michel Melot) Pour L'Anne'e 1994_ (Paris : 
Association du Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques, 1995). ISSN 1157-
360. 128 pages. Available from: Association du Conseil Supe'rieur des 
Bibliothe`ques, Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris. 

			b) complete electronic text, in French:


B) Fulltext

Fulltext French may be reached and read online now, in addition to the
bibliographic citations and pointers traditionally offered by online
libraries. A small selection of what is available in materials of
interest to French scholars follows:

		1) anonymous ftp sites (online text archives)

ftp.inria.fr    	INRIA/Inst.Nat.de Rech.en Informatique et Automatique
zenon.inria.fr  	INRIA in Sophia Antipolis
ftp.cicb.fr     	Univ. Rennes1 ("gopher" in French!)
ftp.sunet.se    	/pub/etext/ota/french// contains Molie`re's _Don Juan_
                	fulltext (Oxford Text Archive version) and Queneau's 
			_Exercices du style_ fulltext (OTA version)
epas.utoronto.ca /pub/cch/french// contains Molie`re's _Don Juan_
                	fulltext (Oxford Text Archive version) and a French
                	wordlist in ascii
ftp.cnam.fr     	"Association des Bibliophiles Universels" files,
                	including fulltext (sgml marked - up?) of texts by St.
                	Augustine, Plutarch, Jules Verne, Th. Moreux, and E.
                	Dubreucq, and other things relevant to fulltext.
ftp.ircam.fr    	IRCAM / Institut de Recherche et Coordination
                	Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou, Paris
ftp.ens.fr      	Ecole Normale Supe'rieure

		2) gophers (interactive index plus archiving)

CIRIL Centre Interuniv.de Ressources Informatiques de Lorraine (Nancy) 
CITI Centre Interuniv.de Traitement de l'Information (Lille) 
Cite' Colle'giale (Ontario, Canada) 
CITI2 Universite Rene Descartes (Paris) 
CNUSC Centre National Univ.Sud de Calcul (Montpellier) 
CRIHAN Centre de Ressources Informatiques de Haute-Normandie (Rouen) 
EMBNET Bioinformation Resource  (not strictly 
	a "non - hi - tech - scientific" resource, but one possessing
	one of the better tongue - in - cheek electronic addresses)
ENST Ec.Nat.Sup.des Te'le'communications (Paris) 
Ecole Normale Supe'rieure (Paris) 
Ecole Polytechnique Fe'de'rale de Lausanne (Suisse) 
French Embassy, Washington D.C. 
Genethon (Human Genome Research Center, Paris) 
Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Lyon) 
IMAG Institut d'Informatique et de Mathe'matiques Applique'es de 
INRIA Inst.Nat.de la Rech.en Informatique et Automatique 
INRIA/inria-graphlib : a Computer Graphics service of INRIA 
Institut Pasteur (Paris) 
IRISA Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Syste`mes Ale'atoires 
Ministe`re de la culture et de la francophonie (St. Quentin en Yvelines) 
UREC Unite' Reseaux du CNRS (Paris)  (the CNRS' network)
USHS Univ. des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg) 
Univ.Jean Monnet, CIT (St-Etienne) 
Univ.Jean Monnet, CRITeR (St-Etienne) 
Univ.de Lyon I 
Univ.de Nice - Sophia Antipolis 
Univ.de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour 
Univ.de Rennes I 
Univ.de Savoie (Chambe'ry) 
Univ.de Valenciennes 
Univ.s P. & M. Curie - D. Diderot (Paris) 
Univ.de Montreal, Litte'ratures (Que'bec, Canada) 
	a relatively recent effort to establish a truly comprehensive
	gopher devoted to online humanities resources in French. It has
	an ambitious structure, not yet filled, but at least a
	promising effort to follow for anyone interested in online
gopher.grenet.fr -- Grenoble - net, maintained at the CICG / Centre 	
	Interuniversitaire de Calcul de Grenoble, which gives you a
	software package entitled "G.R.A.C.E (Gestion du Reseau
	Automatise' de Catalogues En-ligne)", and a "help" feature
	wonderfully - entitled, for a "help" feature, "B.I.P.E.D.
	(Bulletin d'Information Pour Etudiants en De'tresse)". See
	particularly the following, in path 8.Catalogues de
	Bibliothe`ques (OPAC) et Autres Serveurs Documentaire../:
	1.Catalogues des Bibliothe`ques de la Region Grenobloise/, 	
	and 2.Catalogues des Bibliothe`ques Franc,aises/ -- [this
	gopher currently is being discontinued in favor of

		3) Fulltext archives

There are many interesting and frustrating issues associated with
fulltext archiving, among them issues of copyright, democratic access
to texts, and markup. This last currently is the most controversial
fulltext issue on the nets: archives exist which have no markup
whatsoever -- volunteer contributors merely type in the texts -- and
there are archives with full SGML / Standard Generalized Markup
Language encoding -- enabling textual analyses which some never will
use but which is indispensable to others. Proponents of both approaches
are fierce in their advocacy, and they fight a lot online.

Online fulltext appears to be an inevitable trend, however, whatever
are to be the niceties which accompany it eventually. (There is talk of
texts presented with more than just SGML, after all:  multimedia, and
"interactive text", using techniques like Internet Relay Chat and
Virtual Reality -- people now are working on a VRML / Virtual Reality 
Markup Language -- are waiting in the wings.) The trend is propelled by
both the increasing popularity of the networks, and the increasingly
untenable finances of the print publishing industry. One way or
another, print publishing quickly, albeit reluctantly, is "going online".

			a) The Oxford Text Archive

One of the largest and most rigorous online fulltext general archives 
still is the Oxford Text Archive, assembled and maintained at that 
university's computing center by Lou Bernard. At the moment the OTA 
contains over 50 French fulltexts, from Sartre to Froissart to the 
Chanson de Roland. References to the OTA, with its informational files, 
may be found online easily at several sites using gopher's veronica 
index, and OTA holdings are cataloged on the online bibliographic 
service RLIN. The OTA ftp archive adress is  ota.ox.ac.uk .

			b) Georgetown

A comprehensive effort to keep track of the many thousands of local 
online fulltext projects currently being pursued on isolated computers 
all over the world is that of Georgetown University's CPET / Catalog of 
Projects in Electronic Text. There are many gopher references to CPET. 
The CPET telnet address is  guvax3.acc.georgetown.edu  , login  CPET .


FRANTEXT is an online database of 3241 texts, taken from 2330 works of
French literature dating from the 16th century, including a large
group of non - literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The
corpus was assembled for the purpose of compiling word - occurrences --
there are 183 million of them -- for French dictionary research.

The database is administered by the Tre'sor Ge'ne'ral des Langues et
Parlers Franc,ais, 27, r.Damesme, 75013 Paris, telephone or
Mme. Evelyne Martin at, fax This is a division
of the INALF, the Institut National de la Langue Franc,aise, a unit of
the CNRS. The FRANTEXT database software is STELLA -- Syste`me de
Textes En Ligne en Libre Acce`s -- and has its critics and defenders.
An enthusiastic proponent of STELLA - searching may be found in:

Jacques Lemarignier, "Le point de vue d'un interrogateur sur FRANTEXT:
FRANTEXT a` la Bibliothe`que Publique d'Information", in _Les banques
de donne'es litte'raires, comparatistes et francophones_, edited by
Alain Vuillemin, Limoges: Presses de l'Universite' de Limoges et du
Limousin, 1993, ISBN 2910016-17-X.

				d) ARTFL

In North America, FRANTEXT is available -- with an entirely different 
interface and "PhiloLogic" client software -- under the name of "ARTFL / 
project for American and french Research on the treasury of the French 
Lanuguage". ARTFL offers many new and exciting things as part of its 
joint U.of Chicago / CNRS effort, including online analytical tools, and 
databases of: Provenc,al poetry, Segond's French and other Multilingual 
Bibles, and Jean Nicot's _Thresor de la langue franc,aise_ (1606). 
Imaging experiments are under way to mount: Diderot's _Encyclope'die_, 9 
editions of the _Dictionnaire de l'Acade'mie Franc,aise_, Montaigne (and 
Dante) editions and variants, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and the Plan 
Turgot (1739). See Mark Olson, director: email  mark@gide.uchicago.edu, 
telephone  312-702-8488. ARTFL is at  http://tuna.uchicago.edu  or  
gopher://uchicago.edu/11/uscholarly/artfland .

C) Discussion

The best -- most managable, disciplined, up - to - date -- method for
getting and staying current with French networking is to subscribe to a
good "e-conference". Normally this will gain you a dozen e-mail
messages per week on a subject of your interest, and a whole list of
international correspondents with whom you can discuss issues and of
whom you very usefully can ask questions.

		1) Electronic Conferences

In most cases, an e-mail message to the address shown, saying, exactly:


will obtain a subscription. Subscriptions are free.

ADBS-INFO	"Association Franc,aise des Documentalistes et 
		Bibliothe'caires Specialise's"; subscribe to  adbs-info-
		request@univ-rennes1.fr ; for ADBS members, un - moderated. 
BALZAC-L 	"French literature and culture"; subscribe to balzac-l-
		request@cc.umontreal.ca; French/English; 250 subscribers.
BIBLIO-FR  	"Bibliothe'caires Franc,ais"; subscribe to 
		listserv@univ-rennes1.fr; in French; 400 subscribers, 
		archive: gopher.univ-rennes1.fr, http://www.univ-rennes1.fr.
BIBLIO-FR-A	same as BIBLIO-FR but with accents!(?)
H-FRANCE        "List for French history scholars" (formerly FRANCEHS);
		418 subscribers; subscribe to
		listserv@VM.CC.PURDUE.EDU ; in French and English.
LAW-FRANCE	"The law of France"; new on March 18, 1995; subscribe to
		law-france-request@amgot.org  with "Subject: subscribe"; 
		send message with "Subject: ARKIV" for file - list
		including "MTL / law-oriented Minitel servers in France".

There are others. The most useful tool for locating professional online
discussion of a particular topic is the list maintained by Diane
Kovacs, of Scholarly Electronic Conferences (there are many thousands
more which are un - scholarly -- Ms. Kovacs and her team perform an
invaluable filtering service). The Kovacs list, now on its 7th edition
(1994), is available in many places online. Most usefully here, it is
available from the University of Caen -- telnet caen1.unicaen.fr  login
bibliotheque  -- complete with a French interface and keyword searching
by subject (in English), title, and moderator's name.
		2) Usenet: a warning note

Usenet groups I personally do _not_ recommend, although it is good to 
know that they exist. My problem is the lack of editorial control on 
Usenet, and my own busy schedule and impatience. It is important to 
realize, though, that France and the French have a Usenet presence.

Friends recently have explained DejaNews to me, saying that it is a Web
service which in fact indexes the Usenet chaos. I haven't used it yet.
I will, and will report impressions of its usefulness for French access
here. In the meantime caveat lector, and please anyone out there let
me know what _you_ think of applying DejaNews to French Usenet?


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