Your research will take you to various parts of the library. Here are some places you might visit. All of these call numbers are shelved on the upper level. Some books (art books, in particular) may be in the Oversized Collection.
DC - History of France
DC251-354.9 - 19th Century
DC270-274.5 - Revolution of 1848
DC361-424 - 20th Century
DC411-424 - Fifth Republic, 1958 -
DC425-433 - 21st Century
DC701-790 - Local history, Paris
DS - History of Asia
DS556-559.93 - Vietnam
DT - History of Africa
DT181-346 - The Maghreb
DT521-555.9 - French Sahara
DT521-555.9 - Francophone West Africa
HN - Social History and Conditions
M - Music
N - Art
PN - Literature, General
PN1993-1999 - Film
PQ 1-3999 - French Literature
PQ2149-2551 - 19th century
PQ2600-2651 - 1900-1960
PQ2660-2686 - 1961-2000
PQ2700-2726 - 2001
PQ3800-3999 - Post-Colonial Literature in French
This task will require more creativity and inventiveness than simply learning about your historical moment. In addition to searching the catalog for artists, filmmakers, poets, and other cultural figures or movements you have identified (and browsing in those sections - you might find something by flipping through a book of poetry or artwork), you might find these resources helpful.
If you come across additional websites with good cultural materials relevant to this course, let me know and I'll add to this list!
Ask for this book at the information desk. You can use it in the library or scan pages you want to keep.