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Finding Translations of Works into English

The tips and sources on this page can help you find translations of individual works or bibliographies of works translated into English from other languages.  See additional recommendations in the Oxford Guide to Library Research

Finding Translations -- General Resources

Fiction in Translation - Selected Bibliographies

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by Michael Orthofer
Arranged by region, country, and language, entries illuminate the fiction of individual nations, cultures, and peoples, while concise biographies sketch the careers of noteworthy authors.   Also available at the New York Public Library in print and as an eBook.

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction Website
This website compliments the print book.  Click on "Links" and then "Inter/national sites" to reach list of websites arranged alphabetically by country "specializing in international fiction, as well as national sites supporting domestic literature in translation." 

Latin American Women Writers: A Resource Guide to Titles in English by Kathy S. Leonard
"This reference includes all forms of narrative-short story, autobiography, novel, novel excerpt, and others-by Latin American women dating from 1898 to 2007. More than 3,000 individual titles are included by more than 500 authors. This includes nearly 200 anthologies, more than 100 autobiographies/biographies or other narrative, and almost 250 novels written by more than 100 authors from 16 different countries."

Index to Translated Short Fiction by Latin American Women in English Language Anthologies - Compiled by Kathy S. Leonard
The first part of the volume contains entries for 165 anthologies published between 1938 and 1996. The entries are arranged alphabetically by editor or author and each provides full bibliographic information and a list of all short stories and novel excerpts by Latin American women authors contained in the work. ... The additional indexes allow the user to locate short fiction by author, country, and title. The volume concludes with a list of bibliographies of Latin American literature in translation."

Finding Specific Works

To find a specific work that has been translated into English, search CUNY's OneSearch, WorldCat, or other library catalog. 

  • Search on the author's name and then use the facets to limit results to English.
  • To find multiple translations of a specific work (which may have different titles in English) search on the title of the work in the original language.  Then, use the facets to limit to English.   
  • To find a particular translation of a work, search on the translator's name and/or the title of the work.  You could also try a search on the translator's name and/or the publisher of the translation.

Finding Bibliographies of Translations

To find bibliographies of translations in a library catalog, try a Subject search formatted like these examples using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH): 

[Name or Subject]--Translations into [English or other language]

Greek literature--Translations into English
Literature, Medieval--Translations into English

[Any Language] Literature--Translations into [Any Language]-- Bibliography
You can add the word "Bibliography" for more precise results 

Latin American literature--Translations into English--Bibliography
French literature--Translations into English--Bibliography

Helpful Reference Sources

Literatures of the World in English Translation

Greek and Latin Literatures - GC Reference
The Romance Literatures
The Slavic Literatures

Finding Translations of English Works into Other Languages

A quick way to find out whether a work in English has been translated into another language is to search the catalog of the national library where the language is spoken.  

You can find libraries on the website LibWeb, Library Servers via WWW.   

Search the library catalog by Author, then limit to the language you are seeking.