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*Romance Studies

A guide for research starting places in French and Francophone Studies, Italian Studies, and Hispanic Studies

Zoe Weinstein

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Zoe Weinstein

Using Resources from Outside the Library

Need to use resources that are non-scholarly or from outside the library? Here are some starting places:

Google Advanced Search for Non-English Sources

Google Advanced Search can help you narrow down your wider internet searches by helping you to specify region, language, and URL ending. 

From the Google Advanced Search page you can put your keywords in the first box (put phrases in quotes!) and then scroll down to the options that allow you to further refine your results. 

image of the filter options in google advanced search with arrows pointing to Language, Region and "Site or Domain"

We recommend starting with ONE of these filters at a time. Region will give you both material in English and the language of the region you're searching in but only items published in that region will show up, language will restrict the results to the language of interest but results may come from anywhere in the world, and using a country code such as ".fr" in the "Site or Domain" section will restrict the results to be only those from a URL with that particular ending. 

By restricting to language you are likely to get international perspectives of people who write in the language of interest.

By restricting to region you are likely to get material published by many perspectives in the region of interest.

By restricting the URL or domain you are likely to get more "official" looking material, but that's no guarantee of quality. However, government and newspaper sites often use region based URL codes and so this can be a good way of looking for smaller governmental websites or news outlets from your language or region of interest.