Answered By: Alice Kalinowski
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2016     Views: 33

Depending on the language and subject, you might want to try a few different resources or strategies.

Option 1: Use Google Scholar to find foreign language articles

Google Scholar contains scholarly articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, and more, from around the world

Use Google Scholar advanced settings

Select Settings.

Image illustrates the location on the Google Scholar page of the Settings icon, which is the fifth item in the top navigation bar.

Select Languages to choose the language you want.

From the side navigation bar, the second item is Languages. When you select that, the page content has an area when you can choose the languages you need.

Use the Google Scholar domain for foreign countries.

You can use Google Scholar with country code top-level domains (see image below) to access that country's version of Google Scholar. This will often prioritize articles in that country's common language. (However, while searching the German version of Google Scholar, you can still find articles in French).

The URL in the address field is for Germany's version of Google Scholar (

For example, instead of, you could use for the German version. However, at times, you may need to add a .co before the country code. For instance, to access the Israeli version, you would use 

This can be a good strategy when trying to find articles written from a non-American perspective.

Be aware that if you use Chrome, Chrome may automatically translate the page and results into your preferred language.

Option 2: Refine by language in other databases

In many of our databases, there are advanced search options, or a left-hand side bar, that will let you refine or limit your search. Check to see if there is a language option in your favorite databases.

Below is an example of how to limit by language in PittCat+.

The Language limiter in PittCat+ can be found in the left hand navigation. Languages with the number of results are listed under the Language heading.

Option 3: Contact our Subject Specialists

If you have additional questions, please write to Ask Us to contact librarians who are experts at locating materials in different subject areas and languages.

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