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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Translation and Interpreting Studies: Publishers & Works in Translation

Resources for Translators


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This page provides resources and search advice on finding publishers and materials that have been translated into English. 
In 2007, researchers at the University of Rochester discovered that just 3% of books published in the United States were works in translation (including non-fiction-- fiction represented .7%)-- and the University set up a site, called Three Percent, in order to address the issue. Three Percent is home to a database that shows the largest U.S. publishers of works in translation,  the Best Translated Book Awards, a monthly podcast, and Open Letter Books, (University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press). 
On this page:

How to Search the Library Catalog

Starting your search:

If you have a publisher in mind, you can simply use that as a search term and search the catalog as normal (image links to catalog):





Limit your results:

You may find it easiest to limit the search results by using the left-hand column when you have a list of results-- Subject could be limited to Fiction and Translations (choose one, then the other when the results reload). 


Search by Subject: 

You can also choose a region, era, and so on. If you do not have a publisher in mind, you can always search for "Translations into English" as a Simple Search or "Translations into English" as a subject in Advanced Search with a country or genre, and narrow from there:

As you can see, there are nearly 15,000 volumes of works classified in this way. You can use the limiters on the right hand side to limit your results. 

Publisher: AmazonCrossing

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

Publisher: Open Letter Books

Publisher: Europa Editions

Publisher: Seagull Books