La Documentation Française


The DF website contains a remarkable quantity of info and records but it is clearly organized and logically structured so that orientation and material retrieval is quite easy, also thanks to an effective search feature. The language used is French.


A simple search engine by (one or more) keyword is provided. The research can cover the whole website or be confined to a specific section. In the public report section an additional filter by topic is available


Reports, maps, dossiers and any other material can be downloaded in its original format, mainly pdf. A small part of the DF material, mainly interviews, are available in different multimedia formats like wmv and flash

Navigational Aids

A textual index is available and a search guide help with tips and explanations is also provided

User Friendliness

The complexity of this databank is fairly managed by a clear categorization and a detectable content organization