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Use the library's catalog and databases to find articles and books written in languages other than English.

Finding Language-Specific Resources

Many of the resources that our library subscribes to contain articles not only in English, but in other languages as well.  International students, graduate students, students in foreign language classes, and multi-lingual students can benefit from these articles, but it is important to know how to find them. 

Databases are accessed through search portals that are created by companies in the information industry.  There are several search portals that you will see when accessing various databases.  They are: EBSCOHost, Proquest, Wilson, and Illumina.  This guide will show you how to limit your searches by language in these three formats, as well as how to find books in Temple's Diamond catalog.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Not every database has articles in languages other than English, so although the option may be there to search for Portuguese scholarly literature, you may not find any.
  • Try two different searches, one in English, and one in the language in which you wish to find articles.  You may find more results that way.
  • Do not use accents or other diacritics in your search; most databases do not recognize them. If you search for French-language articles with the keyword "cinema," your results will be articles with the word "cinéma" in them.
  • Always use Roman letters in your searches. For example, if you want to search for the Chinese term "改革开放," use the Romanized "gai ge kai fang." If the language you are searching in is commonly Romanized in more than one way, try the most recent Romanization system first.

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