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Learn how to search the Library catalog, most databases, and Google in any language.

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What can you search in another language?

This tutorial explains how to search three basic tools using a different language:

  • The Library catalog (using the search box on the Library homepage)
  • Most Library databases
  • Google, using Google's Advanced Search

Keep in mind that you will likely want to do your search in both English and the other language you're searching, as results can be different either way!

Search the Library Catalog in Another Language

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

  1. Run 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!

An example of a search in the Library catalog with the Language filter highlighted on the left side of the page

 

Search a Library Database in Another Language

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 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 a database, where you can filter for Language on the left side of the search results page

Search Google in a Different Language Using Advanced Search

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

  1. Go ahead and run a Google search
  2. On the search results page, click "Settings" next to the grid and Chrome profile icons
  3. Click "Advanced Search" in the "Using Search" section

A Google search showing the Settings icon next to the grid and Chrome profile icons

 

Then...

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

That's it! Google sometimes gives English results anyway with this kind of search but there should be plenty to work with.

An example of a Google advanced search with the language filter dropdown menu highlighted.