Answered By: Alice Kalinowski Last Updated: Nov 21, 2016 Views: 26
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 Languages to choose the language you want.
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).
For example, instead of https://scholar.google.com, you could use https://scholar.google.de 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 https://scholar.google.co.il.
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+.
Option 3: Contact our Subject Specialists
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