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How to Find Translations into and from English: General Resources

This guide will show you how to find translations into and from English.

Finding Bibliographies of Works Translated into English

To find lists of books that have been translated into English from a particular foreign language, you can do the following search in Bobcat:

In the Bobcat search box put: German [French, etc.] literature--translations into English--Bibliography

Under the search box, Limit to: book, my exact phase, in subject

This will bring up bibliographies of German translations into English.

You can do a similar search in WorldCat. Choose Advanced Search, choose Subject for all three boxes on the drop down menu, and enter German [French, etc.], translations, and bibliography.

Index translationum

The Index Translationum, published by UNESCO, lists translations from and into the languages of about 100 nations. The online version covers 1979 to the present.  The paper version, in REF1, goes back to 1932.

Online Version:


1. "Languages" at the top left of the screen refers to the language of search results. It is set to English.

2. Click on Bibliographic Search under "Languages" for the search engine.

3. If you are searching for a work in a non-Roman script (Russian, Arabic, etc.) be sure to click on "Transliteration norms" on the left toolbar and consult the transliteration tables. The transliteration system used for Russian, for example, is different from the usual Library of Congress system: Cehov instead of Chekhov.

4. In the search engine, "country" refers to the country of publication.


Paper Version: 

Available in Ref1

NYU Bobst / 1st Floor Reference Z6514.T7 I4 / Non-circulating

Looking For a Known Translation

If you are looking for a specific translation into English, and you know the name of the translator and/or publisher, you can use those names in your Bobcat or WorldCat search.  

See Also

Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation (2000)
NYU Bobst/1st Floor Reference PR131.O94 2000/Non-circulating
An excellent overview.

Literatures of the World in English Translation (pub. 1967-70)
     Romance languages: Main Collection Z7033.T7 E56     
     Greek & Latin: NYU Bobst/1st Floor Reference Z7018.T7 E85/Non-circulating    
     Slavic: NYU Bobst/1st Floor Reference Z7041.L56/Non-circulating 
           Good for older works.