Answered By: Laura Galas
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2022     Views: 328

Q: How do I search for books or articles in a specific language?
Answered by: Laura Galas

In general, most book searches in Quicksearch using both Roman/Latin and non-Roman/non-Latin characters should get good results. However, for article searches, Romanization is often not available for full-text, title, or author names.

See below for additional advice searching Quicksearch, Orbis, and other databases in a language.

For additional language research support, reach out to a Subject Specialist Librarian.

Search using Roman/Latin script

For languages that use the Roman/Latin alphabet (like French, Hmong, Norwegian, and Wolof) simply type away! Quicksearch does not need accents or diacritics.

Search for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials

Quicksearch allows you to search for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) materials by the original scripts and Romanized forms. Learn more about this search in Quicksearch.

 Try Romanization tables

There are ways that you can Romanize a language (such as Hebrew, Russian, Sanskrit, Thai, and Chinese) for your search. Your best bet is to follow the Library of Congress guidelines:

Verify proper nouns

If you are looking for a proper noun (such as a person or a place) in a non-Roman language, you can check the Library of Congress Authority Files to see how a name is Romanized:

Comments (1)

  1. The Latin orthography for Wolof includes a character from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), 'ŋ'. Newer records for titles in many African languages may include the literal IPA characters as used in the orthography of each language.

    Additionally, Ethiopic script searching is available for a subset of the materials that are in Amharic, Ge'ez, Tigre, and Tigrinya.
    by Charles Riley on Jul 30, 2012

Related Questions