Skip to main content

Non-English Resources in UK Libraries: Books/Journals

Guide to finding books, DVDs, and journal articles in languages other than English.

Searching the Catalogs

Most library catalogs have very powerful search engines that allow you to pull out exactly what your are looking for.  You can search by author, title, subject, and keyword, and you can limit by year, format, and language.  Many catalogs have additional limits for searches.  The examples listed focus on finding books and audio visual media in languages other than English. While catalogs also list journals published in other languages, most users are looking for specific articles. Finding articles is covered in the "Journal Articles" section.

About the Catalogs

InfoKat Discovery provides access to materials owned by the University of Kentucky and that are locally available.

WorldCat provides access to books in 10,000 libraries worldwide and is the world's largest catalog. You can borrow the books from these libraries by going through the ILLiad Service. Books with the rapid ILL symbol have expedited service.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of member institutions that provides access to rich scholarly content. Among CRLs many collections you will find African Newspapers and foreign dissertations.  CRL materials can be acquired on Interlibrary Loan via the ILLiad Service.

Finding Books