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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Translation Studies: Reference Sources

Resources for Translators

Encyclopedias & Handbooks


There are two ways to search the Library catalog:

1. Classic Catalog

To find bilingual dictionaries  use the Advanced Search and type the terms English, dictionaries, and the target language you're looking for (e.g., Swahili) into each of the search boxes. Or use Subject Headings following the formula in these examples:

Arabic language--dictionaries--English
French language -- dictionaries --German

To find monolingual dictionaries, do an Advanced Search using subject words "xxx language dictionaries" (e.g., Japanese language dictionaries)

To find multilingual dictionaries, do an Advanced Search using subject words "polyglot dictionaries". To limit these to a specific subject, you can also add another term such as law or medicine.

2. VU Find Catalog

Try the same strategies as above but search using the option "topics".


Online Dictionaries