Databases are valuable tools for carrying out research covering a wide range of titles or a long period. Articles can quickly be identified, and full text searches are possible in some cases. The chronological scope of these databases also makes it possible to consult older back copies than those available in the library’s open-access collections.
All databases can be accessed from all BnF reading rooms.
In particular, they include the following:
- Europresse, which provides access to over 2,000 French and international reference sources (newspapers and magazines; blogs, dispatches...) French-speaking countries are particularly well-represented (Algeria, France, Canada...) Numerous documents date back a long way (e.g. Le Monde from 1987 onwards and Le Figaro from 1996 onwards).
- Factiva, which covers international press titles. This database mainly covers economics, and includes a large number of Russian language and Chinese titles.
- PressDisplay, which can be used to read the latest two months’ issues of more than 600 French and international press titles in PDF format (with photos and layout the same as in the paper version).
- Proquest European Business, which is more focused on the finance and economics sector.
This offering is rounded out by CD-ROMs containing the full text of a few newspapers such as The New York Times
, The Times
The Delphes and Généralis databases can be used to identify articles from a large number of titles, though they do not provide full text access.