Skip to Main Content

Translation and Language Tools

Tips on translating library resources into other languages, searching for articles published in other languages and similar tips. Especially useful for EL (English Leraners) and EAL (English as Additional Language) students.

Translation Tools in Library Databases

Many of the Library collections allow the user to easily translate the search tips and tools into another language, although some do not. Below are examples from three vendors with images showing where to find the translation tool and how it looks. Each vendor offers many collections, some are listed below for reference.

EBSCOhost: Academic Search Premier, Business Source, CINAHL, Computers & Applied Sciences, Education Source, Humanities International, and SocINDEX. 

Gale: Opposing Viewpoints

ProQuest: News and Newspapers, Dissertations & Theses Global

Please contact the library for more help.

Translation Tools from EBSCOhost

When using an EBSCOhost database like Academic Search Premier, Business Source, MEDLINE, or SocINDEX, use the option on the top right to change the search words into another language.

Academic Search Premier search page with an arrow indicating the Language option on the top blue bar near the right end

Here is that Search page in Spanish.

EBSCOhost search page in Spanish

Translation Tools in Gale's Opposing Viewpoints

When using Opposing Viewpoints, use the icon on the top right side to change the search words into another language.

Opposing Viewpoints search page with an arrow indicating the language option on the top right side

Opposing Viewpoints also allows for quick article translations. Use the icon on the far left below the title to select your preferred language. Since the translation is produced by generative artificial intelligence, it may not be 100% correct.

Opposing Viewpoint article with an arrow poiting at the language icon below the title

Translation Tools from ProQuest

When using ProQuest, select the human icon in the top right to see language options.

ProQuest search page with arrow at top right indicating human iconThere are several language choices including French, Spanish, German and Chinese.

ProQuest Language optionsGoogle Translate box provided by Chrome

Changing the language swaps the instructions and tips to the selected language (see below image). Some browsers, like Google Chrome, provide a drop-down Google translate box to help a user select good search terms in English (see above right).

ProQuest using Spanish instructions