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In Our Catalog

Here's how to find sources in the Library catalog that aren't written in English:

  1. Do your search
  2. Look at the left side of the search results page
  3. Under "Refine Results," there's a "Language" option
  4. Click "Language" to drop down a menu
  5. Select your language

That's it! Keep in mind that you might want to do your search in your target language too, because you'll get different results either way!

Screenshot of how to use the language filter in the Library catalog


In a Database

Finding sources in different languages in a database really depends on how the database is laid out. Some of them allow filtering right before you search, and some of them can only be filtered after you've searched. Some basic guidelines are:

  • When you start searching look for for the label "Language" and check any languages you want to filter to in the checkboxes below it
  • If there isn't a Language filter in the search, there's usually one after you've searched
  • In the search results, look around to see anywhere you can refine/filter your results (usually this is on the left side of the page)
  • Click "Language" and select any languages you want to filter to

That's it! Keep in mind that you might want to do your search in your target language too, because you'll get different results either way!

An example of an EBSCO database, where you can filter for Language on the left side of the search results page


In Google

You can search for sources in different languages in Google too! Here's how:

  1. Go to google.com
  2. Look for the "Settings" menu in the bottom right corner of the page
  3. Click that, then "Advanced Search"

Screenshot of the Google homepage with the Settings menu open

OR...

  1. Go ahead and do a Google search
  2. On the search results page, click "Settings" near the search box
  3. Click "Advanced Search"

Screenshot of Google search results with the Settings menu open

Then...

  1. Enter some search terms into the boxes at the top of the page
  2. Choose which language you want to search for in the dropdown menu below
  3. Do a search in your target language (otherwise Google tends to give you English results anyway)

A screenshot of the Google advanced search

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