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Non-English Resources in UK Libraries: Other Sources
Guide to finding books, DVDs, and journal articles in languages other than English.
The Internet provides access to a variety of language translation services. The services range from automated translation for a quick translation of a word or paragraph to links to professional translation services. Below are just a few of these services. You can find many more by going to a search engine and typing in "language translation online." There is a service for every need.
Downloadable tool bar that puts translation of text, web pages, and documents at your fingertips. Currently provides translation in 53 different languages as well as spell checker and dictionaries. The site also includes encyclopedias and links to 1500 local and international radio stations.
Commercial website that provides free translation tools such as a website translator and browser tools. Also gives information about fee based products and services such as MS Word Translation and professional translation services.
Lexington full service translation company that provides translation services in multiple languages for a fee.
NOTE: this is not an endorsement of the company but is listed here for the purpose of providing information.
Library Catalogs and Gateways
The Internet provides researchers access to library catalogs from all over the world. These catalogs provide a wealth of unique materials. Some of the materials may be digitized and readily available while others may require that you use the print copy. University of Kentucky Libraries provides physical access to this material by offering an interlibrary loan service. While there is no guarantee they can secure the requested material, they are generally successful in fulfilling the requests. This service require that you register as an ILLiad user and once you are registered, it is easy to make a request.
DLIR aims to provide bibliographic and full-text access to print collections and other media held at CAORC-sponsored overseas research centers and allied partners in Europe; the Near and Middle East; Inner, South, and Southeast Asia; North and West Africa; and the New World.
U.S. Library of Congress Page for gateway access to LC's catalog and those at many other institutions both in the United States and from other countries. The Gateway includes the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS). HLAS is a selective, annotated bibliography of scholarly works on Latin America. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities.
Includes bilingual, multimedia digital libraries built with international partners and a listing of searchable Library of Congress and other digital collections that focus on history and cultures around the world.
Updated daily this list pulls together library homepages from over 8,000 libraries in 146 countries. The page is organized by geographic location and includes gateway sites from the United Kingdom and Australia.
This collection provides searchable access to over 24 million pages of full-text content provided by the National Libraries of Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Users can search a range of full-text content including newspapers, journals, books and manuscripts. As OCR is an automatic process, the accuracy could vary from one document to another.
Searches the content of European National Libraries.
Other Full-Text Resources
Institutional repositories provide access to research conducted in specific research institutions. This, along with a number of classic publications and even entire research library collections, has been digitized and made available over the Internet providing the global researcher with vast amounts of information from around the world. Listed below are several gateways to these collections.
An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating, in digital form, the intellectual output of an institution. This site provided by International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publication (INASP) located in the United Kingdom provides resources which allow for cross-searching of collections of Institutional Repositories.
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving literary and other intellectual works. Works included in the project are in many languages and the advanced search function provides for searching in specific languages.
Provides access to scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
See instructions for setting up Google Scholar to access additional online fulltext available to UK users.
Generate timelines of matching stories. Sources include Time.com, Factiva, HighBeam Research, Guardian Unlimited, AccessMyLibrary.com (Thomson Gale), and LexisNexis. In some cases the full-text is freely available (and searches can be restricted to these sources). In other cases, library subscriptions will provide access to the source full-text. For items not freely available, search the source title in the E-Journals Database. Provides access to newspapers back 200 years.