Searching Literature in Translation
- When searching literature in translation, remember that there may be many variations of the title.
- Trying searching "Untranslated Title" [OR] "Translated Title 1" [OR] "Translated Title 2" ... and so on.
- Example: "À la recherche du temps perdu" OR "In Search of Lost Time" OR "Remembrance of Things Past"
- Be sure to include quotes around the title(s) to search for the work, rather than individual words.
- The same applies for transliterated words and names.
- Example: "Дми́трий Шостако́вич" OR "Dmitri Shostakovich" OR "Dimitri Schostakowitsch"
Searching Literature Multilingual Literature Criticism
- When searching for criticism (essays, books, and journal articles) it is usually most effective to search in one language at a time, as search terms will vary from language to language.
- Many databases, JSTOR, for example, will not filter results by multiple languages. It may retrieve results in multiple languages, but it is not capable of filtering once the results are retrieved.
- If you would like to filter results by multiple languages:
- Use a database with appropriate language filters. Most EBSCO databases have this option (Academic Search Complete, for example) Our federated search engine, Discovery, features a language filter.
- Use English translations of languages. Example: "Spanish" not "Español." "Russian" not
- Limit by place of publication.
Searching for Topics
- When researching topics in Comparative Literature, try searching the following to get started:
- Work + Work
- Work + Theme
- Author + Theme
- Work + Subject Headings
- Use the database-provided search terms to optimize your search. These will often be found on the sidebar or on the bibliographic record for the article/book/material.