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LEARNING LANGUAGES AND TRANSLATING TEXTS: Databases

Library and Web resources for self-directed language instruction and for translating between languages.

Databases That Translate for You

Some databases will translate some or all  full text items.  Look for a tab (the location will vary) that offers this service for the following databases:

Identifying Translations

These databases or websites will help you discover what texts have been translated. Idex Translatioum was created by UNESCO to encourage cultural exchange through translation.You can find translations from a particular language in Book Review Digest by using the name of the language and the word "translations" in your  subject search. For Worldcat, use the same strategy, but add the target language (e.g. English) to your search terms.

Software for Self Directed Language Learning

Global Studio in the  Weinstein International Center provides access to on site to Auralog's Tell Me More software  for self-directed study in Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. This software features voice recognition and a number of interactive tasks to enhance learning. In addition, Rosetta Stone is available for Farsi, Hebrew, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish.

Databases for Finding Articles about Languages and Literatures

These databases are useful for finding articles, essays, and book chapters on translation as well as, more generally, language, literature, linguistics, and related topics.

Remember that if the full text of an article you want to read is not available in the database you are searching, you should use Journal Locator to learn whether we have access and by what means (another database, the publisher's web site, or the print collection in Boatwright).