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French Studies

Provides annotated links to scholarly resources of particular interest to students & faculty researching at U.Va.


What is a Reader? A Reader is designed as a contemporary, updated, multifaceted collection of writings that bring to force the exciting, necessary scholarship of the last decades. Its aim is to introduce a new generation of students to a wide-ranging set of essays that helps them gain a truer understanding of the subject studied.
( from University of California Press)
What is a Companion Book? In this Libguide a Companion Book is an authoritative guide written by academic scholars on topics and periods related to any Social and Humanities fields. We group them together with the Readers.
What is a Handbook? A handbook is a topically organized book of reference on a certain field of knowledge, regardless of size. In this LibGuide, a handbook is a scholarly, student-centered book on a specific subject.
( extrapolated from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
What is a Manual? A manual is a book intended to be kept at hand for reference.  In this LibGuide Manuals and Handbooks are synonyms.
( extrapolated from OED)
What is a Textbook? A textbook is also a topically organized book on a certain field of knowledge but it is designed for professor-centered instruction. In this LibGuide we are not including Textbooks.
( extrapolated from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)





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