Les Miserables Research Pathfinder

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Research Steps for this Pathfinder

This Web page has been designed to assist students to:
– Understand prisons in France in the early 1800’s
– Research the Wealthy and Upper Class in France from 1815-1850
– Deepen understanding of children and students in France during this time frame
– Develop perspective on social issues in 19th century France.
– Deepen appreciation for Victor Hugo’s impact on the political, social, and literary worlds


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Marie-Antoinette                                          Louis XVI                                         Napoleon I



Step #1: Find in-depth information from books and ebooks owned by the library by searching in the electronic catalog
Although the librarian may provide a reserved cart of books for your class’s project, you may want to use the electronic catalog to find a book that is about your specific topic. Type the topic word(s) in the search box and click on ‘subjects.’ If you don’t get any or enough hits, branch out to wider search terms. Use all the information you gained in your initial reading to make a list of relevant search terms and synonyms! THlNK! How can I ask for this information?

Call Number for this topic: 944

The History of France by. W. Scott Haine 944 HAI

Paris by Mike Gerrard 944 GER

The French Revolution 944.04

Step #2: Find more current or specific information, including magazine articles, in the Library’s databases.
Databases are search engines like Google, but they search a database of journal articles or essays to which the Library has subscribed. These journal articles are not otherwise available on websites. You often can obtain full-text articles and graphic media, which can be printed from the site. These databases are also available from home.
School Databases are accessed from  the library homepage.

Note: If you try it from home, you will need the Library’s list of user names and passwords to access the databases.

School databases useful for this project’s research are:

1. Student Resources in Context – You will find biographies, subject entries, primary sources, timelines, maps and charts.

2. World History- ABC- CLIO-

3. Brittanica Encyclopedia Online. You will find essays, articles, maps, diagrams, graphics, charts, web sites, magazine articles.

Step #3: Find Information on the Internet.

Although the librarian has reviewed these sites, you should always make sure you are getting reliable information by checking “Evaluation of Internet Sites“.

France and Les Misérables A website featuring essays about living conditions in France during the time of Les Misérables.

The Plight of the Orphan- Spark Notes summary on the troubles that befall the characters who are separated from family and friends and Hugo’s insistence on reform.

Working Class An essay about the working class and poor in Les Misérables.

The Dangerous Class An essay about how the poor were feared and treated in 19th century France.

France in age of Les Miserable-

Biography of Victor Hugo

The France of Victor Hugo

Historical context around Les Miserable

Download the book through Project Gutenberg

French Industrial Revolution (1789)

The Battle of Waterloo

The French Penal System (1788 – 1875)

1FK-113-P3-1905-1 E: V.Hugo /Miserables/ Poster by G.Dupuis Hugo, Victor, French poet, 1802-1885. Works: Les Miserables (novel) 1862. - 'Les Miserables par Victor Hugo en vente partout (...)'. - (Poster advertising for the Ollendorf edition, Paris). Col.lithograph, undated (c.1905?). Design: Geo (Georges) Dupuis (born 1875). Print: Ch.Wall, Paris. Paris, Musee Victor Hugo.







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