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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Translation and Interpreting Studies: Find Books

Resources for Translators

Call numbers for TS

The UIUC Library has two call number systems: Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress. Works in the circulation collections of the Literatures and Languages Library and some new books in the Main Stacks are in the Library of Congress system. All other works are in the Dewey Decimal System. 

Here are call number ranges for TS:

Library of Congress: P306-310 Philology. Linguistics. Translating and interpreting.

Dewey Decimal: 418 Applied linguistics

LC Subject Headings for TS

>Subject Headings for Translation Studies

Translating and Interpreting




Identity in Literature

Language and Culture

English Language-Translating


Machine Translating

Politics and Culture

Intercultural Communication

Subject Headings for Translations into English

Arabic poetry--translations into English

French literature--translations into English

Short stories, Japanese--translations into English

Proust, Marcel--translations into English

Subject Headings for Linguistics

Language Acquisition


Applied Linguistics


Finding Books

Step One: UIUC Online Library Catalog

There are two ways to search the UIUC Library catalog. Both offer the same content but the method of searching and presentation of results varies.

  1. Through the new Primo Library Catalog. This catalog requires you to register with a login and a password to request materials. It also lets you search books in I-share (see below for more details.)
  2. Through the Library Easy Search. This interface lets you search the UIUC catalog for books, articles, journals and media. . 

Getting the actual book: When you locate your item you have two choices.

Print books

You can request the item and pick it up at any of the departmental libraries. Or, you can retrieve the book yourself from either the main stacks or the departmental library where the book is located. If you choose this option, make sure you jot down the location and call number of the item.

Electronic Books

Access will depend on the publisher. In some case you will be able to download full books via PDF. In others you might be able only to view the book online. In all cases the Library follow the publisher's requirements.

What if my book is not in the UIUC Online Library Catalog?

Step Two: I-Share

Once you have verified that the book you are looking for is either not located in the UIUC catalog or all copies are checked out, you may order it through Primo Library Catalog and selecting "All I-share Libraries." Items typically arrive within 5-10 days and you will receive an email when the item is available for pick up.

What if my book is not available in I-Share?

Step Three: Interlibrary Loan

If the item is not available in the UIUC catalog or through I-Share, then your next stop will be Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. First, keep your full citation handy -- you'll need it. Second, login to the ILLiad server using your NetID and password. From the ILLiad main menu, select "Request a Book." Be sure to fill out as much of the form as possible, including the source of your citation. This will ensure that ILL can place your request in a timely manner. You'll be notified by email when your item is ready to be picked up.

WorldCat -You can search WorldCat to find books on your topic, which might not be in the UIUC nor the I-share catalog. Once you find a title of interest, you can order it through Interlibrary Loan

Finding translated works

While there isn't a straightforward search for finding translated books in our library's online catalog, there are several strategies that can help:

Finding a Specific Book
If you're looking for the translation of a specific book, searching the Primo Library Catalog  by author will retrieve all copies of the author's work, regardless of language. In WorldCat, searching for the original title and limiting the search to a specific language will retrieve translated versions. For example, searching "Frenchman's Creek" as a title with a limit to French language will return "La crique du français" and "L'aventure vient de la mer", two translations of Daphné Du Maurier's novel.

Looking for Books on a Subject

1. Using the  Primo Library Catalog's Advance Search and search by "subject", using terms such as "Education-Costa Rica" or "banking-France".
2. Narrow search by language using the language feature on the right side bar.
3. Search WorldCat by title and author of the book and limiting results to English.
4. To be completely sure that the work has not been translated into English, you might check other major English language catalogs, such as Library of Congress or the British Library Catalog


Index Translationum

Index Translationum: World Bibliography of Translation

Sponsored by UNESCO, Index Tranlationum is a database that contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about one hundred of the UNESCO Member States since 1979 and totals more than 1.900,000 entries in all disciplines: arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and technology. Translations published between 1932 and 1979 are listed in the print volumes, located in the Reference Room, call number 010.5IN.