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Modern Languages

Research guide with information resources for research in languages other than English

Tips for Searching in Languages other than English

  • Search with terms in the language of study or English
  • Use the "Language" field in "Advanced Search" in Search@UW and databases 
  • Use the "Language" filter to refine results in your preferred language. If necessary, you can exclude English or other languages from the results in Search@UW
  • Confirm that the work is in the language of study, look for "Language" or "Language of publication" under "Details" in Search@UW and/or database filter


  • Titles and abstracts may be in English even if the article is written in another language
  • Titles in brackets indicate that it is a translation
  • Journal titles may indicate the language of the article (but not always)
  • Language fields are not always correct

Library Terms in Languages other than English

Bilingual Dictionaries

Databases for Research in World Languages

Search for Sources in Languages other than English

For example: You'd like to find books in Spanish about Pablo Picasso to check out from the UWM Libraries and request from other UW-System Libraries. 

  1. Start with an Advanced Search in Search@UW
  2. Enter your search terms or keywords in the "Any Field" box (in this case: Pablo Picasso)
  3. Use the "Language" drop down menu to select your language

This first results list includes:

  • Translations of books that were originally written in Spanish and are now translated into English or another foreign language
  • Books with Spanish and (usually) English side-by-side translations
  • Books written in Spanish​

To further refine your search to include only untranslated books (i.e., books in Spanish):

  1. You must "Exclude" other languages
  2. The final results list includes only books written in Spanish that are available at the UWM Libraries and other UW-System Libraries

International Newspapers

Streaming Video in Languages other than English