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Translation Studies

A guide to books, journal articles, and web resources for research in the field of Translation Studies.

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Become a better researcher - try using Subject Headings

Subject headings are words and phrases which constitute a "controlled vocabulary" to categorize books by subject field.  Subject headings often indicate the contents of books in terms that their titles (or your keywords) do not use, which often may be very general.

Use general subject headings for searching a broad topic or more specific subject headings for a specific text, film, or play. You will find (more) headings specific to the subject category within the left-hand facets in our online catalog, Bobcat.  If you want to see the subject headings related to a specific title, click on the "details" link in the title record.  Here are some subject heading examples:

  • Translating and interpreting
  • Translating and interpreting -- Columbia -- History -- 19th century
  • Arabic poetry -- 20th century -- Translations into English
  • Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922 -- Translations into Italian -- History and criticism
  • English drama -- 20th century -- Translations into French

Tips for finding translated works in Bobcat

If you are looking for a translation of a specific book, a search in Bobcat will retrieve any copies that we hold of the title regardless of language.  You can search Bobcat by either author or title, limiting your search parameters by using the "anywhere in the record" pull down menu below the search box. 

BobCat search for the title Leaves of Grass using title search pulldown option

This will pull up all the records for the author or title regardless of language.  You can then use the language facet on the left hand side of the screen to limit your results to the specific language you are seeking. (You can also use the language options in the advanced search pulldown menu to do the same thing.)

BobCat search results screen showing language filtering options

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