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Browing location in Bobst: Z2615 to Z2710, 1st floor reference and 8th floor stacks.

French Language and Literature. An Annotated Bibliography. Bassan, Fernande, et al. New York: Garland, 1989. 
Bobst REF1 Z2175.A2 B39 1989
While somewhat out of date, this work lists basic book resources for starting research in French literature.

Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. London: Modern Humanities Research Association. Published annually.
Bobst REF1 PB1.Y45
Yearly publication offering long essays summarizing the year's scholarship in each modern language. There is a substantial section on French literature. An excellent way to keep current on publishing in your area.

Bibliographie der Französischen Literaturwissenschaft: Bibliographie d'Histoire Littéraire Française. Klapp, Otto, ed. Frankfurt: Klostermann, 1956- present. Annual.
Bobst REF1 Z2171.K55
Extensive coverage of mostly European journals; serves as a complement to the MLA Bibliography. Printed annually; arranged by century. Good coverage of criticism on Francophone literature; arranged by region.

French 17. Colorado State U: Seventeenth Century French Division of the MLA. 1978-present.
Bobst REF1 Z2172.M6
An annual descriptive bibliography of French 17th-century studies

French XX bibliography. New York, French Institute-Alliance Francaise, 1969- present. Annual.
Bobst REF1 Z2171.A45
Index of secondary material on French literature since 1885.