Why this guide?
I'm going to point out some tools that you can use for searching your topics that are much more specific than the generic search box that is at the top of the page. Some of these will be subject-specific, some of them may be francophone-specific. Each will have its quirks but in general the clues to look for to search them efficiently are subjects or topic searches or a thesaurus.
You will use many different databases for francophone studies. Most of the time, you will be in specialist databases for a particular subject, which may mean searching more than one. For news from francophone regions, you will want to use.
For scholarly journals that you may search full-text online, try
And for books the library does not own (and this will search libraries in France as well as in anglophone and francophone North America, try