This newly acquired e-resource is a full text searching, retrieving and analysis tool developed by the CNRS’ Laboratoire ATILF (Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française). Frantext helps to locate specific words, lemmas and regular expressions in an individual work or corpus. It does not allow for downloading, printing or reading of the full text.

The database comprises approximately 4000 French texts, ranging from classic works of literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of 17th century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, poetry, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, treatises, travel narratives, and more. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy. Another implementation of Frantext is available through the Library’s subscription to ARTFL.