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French Studies: Online Resources

Evaluating Information

These tips will help you evaluate the quality, accuracy and reliability of information you find on the Web.

Authority

  • Who wrote the page - where is the information coming from?
  • Is the author qualified to speak on the topic?
  • Is the site reputable?

Accuracy

  • Is the information Correct?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?
  • Are there references available to back up the author's claims?

Objectivity

  • Is the purpose of the website to inform you?
  • Is it promoting or selling something?
  • Is it biased?

Currency

  • When was the site last updated?
  • How current are the links – have some expired or moved?

‚ÄčCoverage

  • What topics are covered on the site?
  • Is the information on the site well presented?
  • Is special software required to view the page or is it fee based?

Useful Websites

Apprendre Le Francais 

A website for learning French and includes reading, grammar and pronunciation exercises

BBC Languages: French

BBC's Language section for students of French. Includes vocabulary, grammar and reading exercises

Culturetheque

Alliance Francaise Dublin's, Culturetheque, offers over 150,000 French books, magazines, music, culture, tutorials

Larousse online French Dictionaries

Dictionary of 250,000 words and phrases, verb conjugation tables, proverbs, sayings and idiomatic expressions, synonyms, quotations, cultural and historical notes and more

Gallica - The BnF digital library

The digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). Contains printed materials (books, journals, newspapers, printed music, and other documents), graphic materials (engravings, maps, photographs, and others), and sound recordings.

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