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* Literary Translation Studies: Home

Welcome

Hello! I'm Kristen Totleben, and I'm here to help you find the best (and most efficient) ways to do research. I'm happy to meet with you in person, or via email, chat or telephone.

Searching for Translations on the Web

There are many sites devoted to individual authors that contain translated texts. You can find them searching for e.g. "German literature translation", "Tolstoy translation", etc. However, be cautious and look for signs that the translation has some kind of authority behind it. Who is sponsoring the site? If the text has been scanned, has it been done accurately? In a word, be critical. If in doubt, turn for help to your professor, librarian or to a native speaker. 

Finding Books about Translation

To find books on translation studies, search the UR Catalog for "Translating and Interpreting" as a subject. You can browse the list of subjects here.

To find books about translating particular languages search for the subject "X language translating", e.g. French language translating

To find books about translations of works of specific authors, use a Boolean search for author's last name and "translations", e.g. Shakespeare and translations.

Finding Literary Works in Translation

To locate translations of specific works, search the WorldCat database for the author and/or the original title of the work and limit the search to the desired language using the drop-down box below. The list of results will indicate which items can be found in the UR Libraries. To locate those books, click on the title link and then again on "Search the catalog at University of Rochester Libraries".

 

If we don't have a particular book in our collections, you can request it through interlibrary loan

Another place to look is UNESCO's Index Translationum, but it only includes translations published since 1979.

 

Translation Database on Three Percent records new translations of fiction and poetry published or distributed in the U.S. since January 1st, 2008. The data is presented inannual cumulations.

Articles and other Sources

Articles & Books searches much of the library's content in a single search. It's a great place to start!

  • Search settings can be changed on the results page.
  • To limit to just scholarly articles, select Scholarly & Peer-Review in the upper left of search results.
  • Articles & Books Search Tips will help to get you started.

If the library doesn't have an article you want, request it via Interlibrary Loan. We'll get it for you, often in just a day or two. (Learn more about UR Interlibrary Loan in this YouTube video.)

Modern Languages & Cultures Librarian

Kristen Totleben
   
                             
        Chat is unavailable right now, feel free to email me.      
   
Contact:
Rush Rhees Library, room 106

585-275-9304