French 228: Getting Started

Cinemas francais et francophones
Professor: Sophie Saint-Just
Spring 2018

Research Question and Writing

For in-depth instruction on formulating a research question and writing, see the Library Writing and Citing Guide

  • Your research question should be
    • a substantive question
    • open-ended to enable you to explore broadly
    • grounded in and connected to research presented/discussed in class
  • Sources you seek out should
    • answer genuine questions that arise from your initial consideration of your topic
    • serve to illustrate, extend, demonstrate, and/or inform your argument rather than make the argument for you
  • Remember that
    • research is an iterative process
    • you are engaging in a conversation that started before you and contributing to it

Williams Library Catalog

Use the Williams library catalog to search for materials in the Williams libraries.  Using the catalog, you may search for 

  • books and videos 
  • full-text articles from selected library databases  
  • citations to articles in the library databases or beyond (to request through interlibrary loan) 

Search Tips

  • Searches limited to Books, Articles and More include articles + books 
  • Searches limited to All Items at Williams exclude articles 
  • Use the Advanced Search mode to create more effective searches 

Relevant Subject Terms:

NOTE: the term "francophonie" or "francophone" is not a term in the Library of Congress Classification System, but you can search for it as a keyword in the library catalog 

Beyond Williams libraries

Use Williams Worldcat to search for books and films beyond the Williams libraries. 

  • Search by author, title, subject the same way you search the Williams Library Catalog 
  • If the book you find is not at Williams, request it by clicking on Request Item  
  • Use the Advanced Search to create more effective searches 

Your Librarian

Christine Ménard's picture
Christine Ménard
Meet your librarian:
Contact:
Sawyer Library
Research Services, Room 347D
413-597-2515
cmenard@williams.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers